- God Damn.
- A Song About Drinking.
- The First Time.
- That’s My Girl.
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.
This reissued version of ‘One’ contains two bonus tracks, is digitally remastered by Chris Lyne and comes with liner notes by Dave Reynolds.
“Symphony of War” is the new release by Orion’s Reign.
On this new work, the band, having already released the full length symphonic epic album “Scores of War”, emphasizes on the symphonic elements of its music and offers symphonic versions of songs from its latest album. Tim Ripper Owens and Mark Boals are guest vocalists. In addition, a folk version of song “Nostos” and a symphonic metal cover of “Elan” (Nightwish) are included.
1) Freedom is not Negotiable
Orchestra arrangements: Kirk Gazouleas
Voice: Dan Vasc
2) Together We March
Orchestra arrangements: Kirk Gazouleas
Voice: Dan Vasc and Tim Ripper Owens
3) The Gravewalker
Orchestra arrangements: Kirk Gazouleas
Voice: Dan Vasc
4) Last Stand
Orchestra arrangements: Kirk Gazouleas
Voice: Dan Vasc and Mark Boals
5) Ride to War
Orchestra arrangements: Kirk Gazouleas
Voice: Dan Vasc
Flute, Zurna, Duduk, Reed Organ: Kirk Gazouleas
Guitars: Michael Batistatos and George Thanasoglou
Percussions: Noel Kardaris
Orchestra arrangements: Kirk Gazouleas
Voice: Dan Vasc
Guitars: Michael Batistatos and George Thanasoglou
Drums: Noel Kardaris
Recorded by Orion’s Reign
Mixed/mastered by Linus Corneliusson
Studio: Fascination Street Studios (Sweden)
For Elan: Recorded/mixed/mastered by Orion’s Reign at Soundflakes studios (Greece) and Remastered by Linus Corneliusson at Fascination Street Studios
Cover Artwork created by Stan W. Decker
Italian melodic rockers Dream Company released the first single “Days in Blue” out of their debut album called “The Wildest Season” set for release on October 15th from Tanzan Music.
01 DAYS IN BLUE
02 MINE MINE MINE
03 SCARED TO BE LOVED
06 RIVER OF LOVE
07 THE GHOST
08 LAND OF FREEDOM
09 LOVE IS POSSESSION
Giulio Garghentini: lead vocals
Enrico Modini: guitars and keyboards
Stefano Scola: bass
Davide Colombi: drums
All backing vocals by Mario Percudani and Giulio
Additional backing vocals by Enrico Modini on #2/5/6/8 and Davide Colombi on #2/5.
Additional keyboards and strings arrangements: Mario Percudani (#7/10)
‘Days in Blue’ is the title for the new Dream Company single that marks the beginning of a new adventure for the Italian group who unleash these 3.39 minutes of powerful melodic hard rock. This song is the tracklist opener of their new album ‘The wildest season”, to be released by Tanzan Music Records on October 15th.
The debut full length is the most important moment in the history of Dream Company. Born as a Bon Jovi tribute, the band growth on stage performing more than 600 concerts all over Europe during the last 13 years.
The actual line up was the right one for the big step to become something else and to record an album with original compositions. A celebration of the band’s musical path, based on the experience acquired during the years and enriched by the signature left by all the people who crossed the group’s life.
A musical portrait composed by the songs contained in this album, each one telling a story: there’s someone who’s “Scared To Be Loved”, someone angry because of a world full of “Liars”, someone who need to kill “The Ghost” living inside his mind, someone who needs his own “Revolution”, the only way to change the world.
“Days in blue” talks about the separation between two lovers and the days that come after it, lived with sadness waiting for time to heal all wounds. This story is showed in the new video directed by Moviedel Italia Production.
The new records produced by Mario Percudani (Hungryheart, Hardline), will be presented with a special live show at HT Factory in Milan on September 21st, as opening act for Hardline (Frontiers Records). Facebook Event
Dream Company line up features as singer, Tanzan Music artist
Giulio Garghentini, who released his solo album ‘Believe’ with the italian record label in 2013; Stefano Scola bass player for Hungryheart; Enrico Modini on guitar and piano and Davide Colombi on drums.
UK progressive metal band, ARK ASCENT, featuring former Shadow Keep vocalist Rogue Marechal and current DGM bassist Andrea Arcangeli have released a new music video and single for ‘Sanctuary‘, the song is taken from their debut album ‘Downfall‘, which is set for release in September.
ARK ASCENT was formed in 2011 as ‘Prophecy‘ around composer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Kirby, then 19. Pre-production for the tracks that were eventually going to make the cut for their debut album started that same year, with Rogue Marechal (ex-ShadowKeep) on vocal duties. It would take a few years of fine tuning before the songs were to be considered ready for mixdown and Rich Hinks (Annihilator, Aeon Zen) brought in to co-produce and mix the album.
With their first release, ARK ASCENT take you on a journey, following the fate of humankind at the onset of a major disaster that will eventually lead to its destruction. Sanctuary is the first single from the forthcoming debut album Downfall, scheduled for release this September.
“Sanctuary is the song on the album that has gone through the most changes during pre-production. Overall the album is quite dark and lyrically this one is no different, but we really wanted to make a song that had a more uplifting feel to it and the final arrangements and mix reflect this. It really is a great introduction to the band and it became the obvious choice when time came to pick a song suitable for a promo video” (Rogue Marechal).
ARK ASCENT is:
Rogue Marechal – Vocals (ex-ShadowKeep)
Jack Kirby – Guitars
Andrea Arcangeli – Bass (DGM)
Michael Brush – Drums (Sirenia)
Katia Filipovic – Keyboards
URIAH HEEP keyboard man PHIL LANZON (GRAND PRIX, JOHN LAWTON, SWEET) has announced the release of his brand new solo album ‘48 Seconds‘, on August 2nd, 2019 via Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK. LANZON joined URIAH HEEP by replacing JOHN SINCLAIR.
The album is available from Musicglue.com/phil-lanzon and phillanzon.com also distributed on Cargo Records UK from 2nd August. Available on CD, double gatefold coloured vinyl and all digital outlets soon to be published.
1. Azura’s Theme (Instrumental)
2. In The Rain
3. Forty Line
4. Rock N Roll Children
5. Blue Mountain
6. Look At The Time
7. Road To London
8. You Can Make A Living
9. Face To Face
10. 48 Seconds
All songs written by Phil Lanzon. Produced and mixed by Simon Hanhart. Arranged by Richard Cottle. Co-produced by Phil Lanzon. Cover painting and all artwork by Michael Cheval.
Phil Lanzon – Keys and lead vocals (Uriah Heep, Grand Prix, John Lawton, Sweet)
John Mitchell – Lead vocals (Arena, Frost, Kino, It Bites)
Andy Makin – Lead vocals
Richard Cottle – Additional keys, Saxes (Charlie, Keats, Alan Parsons Project, John Parr)
Neal Wilkinson – Drums
Adam Goldsmith – Guitar
Mick O’Donohue – Giutar
Miriam Grey – Lead vocals, background vocals
Phoebe Street, Andy Caine, Andy Playfoot – Background vocals
Tom Walsh – Trumpets
Clare Mcinerney – Saxes
Neil Sidwell – Trombones
Chris Haigh – Violin solo
Richard Harwood – Cello solo
Levine Andrade – Viola solo
London Telefilmonic Orchestra – Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Dream Company is a new act joining Tanzan Music records artists’ roster.
The italian melodic rockers and former Bon Jovi tribute band, will release their debut album in October 2019.
Produced by Mario Percudani (Hungryheart, Hardline), the record will be presented with a special live show at HT Factory in Milan on September 21st, as opening act for Hardline (Frontiers Records).
Dream Company line up features
Giulio Garghentini vocal (solo album ‘Believe’ 2013 – Tanzan Music)
Stefano Scola bass (Hungryheart)
Enrico Modini guitar and piano
and Davide Colombi drums.
The insanely talented AD INFINITUM sign worldwide contract with Napalm Records!
We are proud to have signed with one of the most talented symphonic power metal outlets in 2019! AD INFINITUM was founded in 2018 in Montreux, Switzerland as Melissa Bonny’s solo project that became a solid band, when she joined forces with Adrian Theßenvitz, Jonas Asplind and Niklas Müller. Now it’s time to push it to the next level! AD INFINITUM are already planning an album for early next year, which will be released via Napalm Records.
AD INFINITUM’s statement:
“As the work on our album comes closer to its end, we are thrilled to announce that its arrival will be in good hands. We couldn’t hope for a better collaboration for this release than with Napalm Records. And cherry on the cake, the promotion of the album will start with a European tour with three talented bands. Stay tuned! Adrian, Niklas, Jonas & Melissa.”
Melissa Bonny, known from RAGE OF LIGHT and as guest-musician at WARKINGS, created Ad Infinitum as powerful mix between the beauty and magic of symphonic melodies and hard metal riffs. Melissa enchants her fans with her extremely changeable and unique voice.
Get in the AD INFINITUM vibe watching “I Am The Storm” HERE
Norway’s melodic hard rock artist VITNE is back with a brand new single “Encephalon” together with a captivating new music video. This is VITNE‘s first new release since 2018’s single “Vanquish the Night“. “Encephalon” seamlessly capture’s VITNE‘s knack for anthemic choruses and thought-provoking atmosphere
VITNE‘s 2017 award-winning album JUPITER showed a darker side to his songwriting, and “Encephlon” continues this approach, albeit differently. The new single shows an even more experimental side while continuing forward with his own unique style of melodic rock.
Surfacing in the music world in Norway in 2013, over the years VITNE has drawn comparisons to artist heavyweights, notably being described as “Billy Idol meets X Japan“. With influences ranging from 80s glam, power metal and Japanese visual kei, his music has reached fans around the globe from Brazil to Russia and Japan, celebrated for its inspirational quality and feeling of perseverance. VITNE‘s music has also been featured in the Drums Hero video game and most recently included on the fourth volume of “When in Doubt, Wolf it Out“, a tribute album series dedicated to Andrew W.K.
Street Symphonies Records & Burning Minds Music Group are proud to announce the signing of hard-rockers Bullring, for the release of their official debut album, “Break Down The Gate”.
Born in 2018 after a meeting of Remo Ferrari and the core members of Big Ones (Italian renowned Aerosmith tribute band) Dave Pola & Luca Ferraresi, Bullring immediately showed the interest in writing and recording some unreleased material, aiming to bring their music to a widespread audience. With a talented group of three experienced musicians, who shared stages & studios with international stars like Steven Adler & Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses), John Corabi (Motley Crue), Faster Pussycat, Federico Poggipollini (Litfiba, Ligabue), Michele Luppi (Whitesnake), Elio E Le Storie Tese, Stef Burns (Vasco Rossi, Alice Cooper) & Irene Grandi, Bullring are ready to present to the rock fans their mighty hard-rock approach, inspired by the punchy American rock sound of bands like Black Stone Cherry, Pride & Glory, Black Label Society & Hinder.
Debut “Break Down The Gate” is set for release in September via Street Symphonies Records / Burning Minds Music Group, with artwork and graphics developed by Aeglos Art (Wheels Of Fire, Alchemy, Firmo). Further details about tracklist, cover artwork, official release date and first single “You’re Just What You’re Fighting For” will follow in the forthcoming weeks.
Remo Ferrari: Vocals & Bass
Dave Pola: Guitars
Luca Ferraresi: Drums
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS will release a new album titled Wanderers on August 30th via Napalm Records. Following their chart breaking album The Deep & The Dark (2018), the band adds another spectacular album to their repertoire.
Wanderers is VISIONS OF ATLANTIS’ seventh album. The listener will be taken on a journey into the breathtaking depths of the symphonic metal universe. Wanderers offers a captivating musical and lyrical journey across the untamed seas along a powerful path towards self-discovery. It’s armed with amazing duets by Clémentine Delauney and Michele Guaitoli and is one of the most intense and profound symphonic metal albums the world has seen (or rather, heard) in the past 15 years.
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS really went all-in regarding their promotional photoshoot for the album. They chose a deserted beach along the coast of the vast Atlantic Ocean, including stranded pirate ships and a harsh coastline created by the elements. It is quite obvious why the Peninsula of Quiberon was the perfect destination for this photo shoot: the natural light and rough seas supplied a beautiful backdrop and the pictures capture the vision of Wanderers perfectly.
Accompanying the release of Wanderers, the band will set out to tour many places in Europe:
05.07.19 DE – Nordheim / Sunstorm Festival
06.07.19 DE – Ballenstedt / Rock Harz Festival
25.07.19 RU – Serpukhov / Big Gun Festival
11.07.19 DE – Balingen / Bang Your Head!! Festival – SPECIAL SHOW WITH ORCHESTRA!
11.08.19 PT – Vagos / Vagos Metal Fest
16.08.19 CZ – Moravský Krumlov / Rock Heart Festival
17.08.19 SE – Lugnet, Falun / Sabaton Open Air
ALBUM RELEASE SHOWS
28.08.19 AT – Bruck/Mur / Dachbodentheater 2.0
29.08.19 DE – Munich / Backstage
30.08.19 DE – Bochum / Rockpalast
31.08.19 DE – Siegburg / Kubana
01.09.19 DE – Frankfurt / Nachtleben
Sepcial Guest for FREEDOM CALL:
04.10.19 SK – Kosice / Kasarne
08.10.19 DE – Hamburg / Knust
09.10.19 DE – Berlin / Musik & Frieden
10.10.19 DE – Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
11.10.19 CZ – Prague / Meet Factory
12.10.19 CZ – Zlin / Masters of Rock Cafe
13.10.19 HU – Budapest / Dürer Kert
16.10.19 DE – Cologne / Club Volta
17.10.19 DE – Stuttgart / clubCANN
18.10.19 DE – Erfurt / HsD
19.10.19 CH – Pratteln / Z7
About VISIONS OF ATLANTIS:
Visions of Atlantis is an Austrian-French-Italian Symphonic Metal band that was formed in August 2000 in the beautiful town of Bruck an der Mur. Visions of Atlantis uses harmonies of male and female vocals from the beginning of their career, which makes them extraordinary and distinctive from other bands of the genre. The band consists of Clémentine Delauney (vocals), Michele Guaitoli (vocals), Christian Douscha (guitar), Thomas Caser (drums) and Herbert Glos (bass).
American Rock ‘n Roll band, WHITE BOY AND THE AVERAGE RAT BAND, have released their first full-length album in over 39-years, ‘Love My Ride‘ on July 19, 2019 via Heaven And Hell Records. A limited CD version is available worldwide and a vinyl release is set to follow.
1. Love My Ride
3. You Gotta Pay
4. Light Em’ Up
5. Cold Springs Hill
6. Talking Me Down
7. Shadow Child
8. Thousand Hail Marys
9. Son of a Ram
10. Whiskey & Angels
11. Homemade Satellite
12. Times Comin’
It’s true often recording musicians will fall in love with their ‘first take’. Matney was no different. These were his babies. Some of the songs had been around since the early ’90s and Matney had performed them with a little local trio at small local clubs, county fairs, gas stations (that’s another story) etc.. They were tried and true, but fresh off the tour with the guys Matney knew there was a certain quality live that was missing with the recordings, so under the advice of Jeremy Golden Matney made plans to record in Nashville at Jay’s place. Jay Vernelli was a friend of Matney who had produced a blues album for him some years earlier. Jay is also known for producing albums for such artist as Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and several other well-known artists.
Rather than start from scratch in the studio again Matney decided to keep his original instrument tracks and replace only those drum tracks. It was Jay who suggested Wayne Killius as a drummer for the new project. Wayne has several gold records and has recorded hits with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Big And Rich etc. Through late fall and much of the winter, Matney made several trips to Nashville and spent more than several hours in the studio with Wayne and Ethan Barrette from Addiction Studiosgetting the drum tracks where they wanted them. Over the last few months, the band has found itself doing some critical listening and undertaking the expensive, and time-consuming task of mixing and mastering.
WHITE BOY AND THE AVERAGE RAT BAND featuring guitarist/singer Mike Matney, bassist Daryl “Rambo” Gibson and drummer Joby Barker will soon be heading out on a tour (yet to be named) that is scheduled to kick off on August 10th in Montana on the “Rockin’ the River Festival” alongside artists such as Zakk Wylde, Cheap Trick, Dokken, Warrant, Lou Graham, Asia and more.
White Boy and the Average Rat Band is:
Mike Matney – Lead Guitar & Lead Vocals
Daryl “Rambo” Gibson – Bass Guitar
Joby Barker – Drums
Wayne Killius – Drums (Studio Drummer – Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Big And Rich)
White Boy and the Average Rat Band‘s first album was released in 1980 and is highly sought after by collectors worldwide. As recently as 2018 it has sold for as high as $800 a copy. The band has developed an underground cult-like following of die hard fans and music critics. In the fall of 2018 the band was signed to heavy metal label Heaven and Hell Records. The band has since embarked on the “Back In The Rat Race Tour” playing iconic venues across the United States including dates in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, and The World Famous Whisky A- Go-Go in Hollywood, CA.
Burning Minds Music Agency in collaboration with Rock Temple, Slaughter Club & Burning Minds Music Group, is proud to announce the first edition of the Rock Your Xmas Fest!
Official headliners of the event will be the mighty German hard-rockers Bonfire.
A legendary band that doesn’t need any introduction to the entire music scene, German hard-rockers Bonfire will be back in Italy this December for an exclusive and incendiary gig. Thanks to their brand new line-up (with the addition of Dale Sanders on guitar and Stefania Sarre on bass) Soul Seller will be back on the live side with what it’s meant to be a powerful and entertaining melodic hard-rock show. With the great acclaim received at the second edition of the Rock Temple Festival, Wheels Of Fire are ready to set again the stage on fire with the songs taken from the brand new album “Begin Again”, which is getting amazing feedbacks worldwide from fans and critics. After an entire year of hard-work in studio with respected sound engineer Roberto Priori, Saints Trade will perform on stage the great songs taken from their forthcoming second official album.
ROCK YOUR XMAS FEST:
WHEELS OF FIRE
Info & requests: firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: Slaughter Club, Via Tagliabue 4 – 20037 Paderno Dugnano (MI – ITALY)
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/370664680472028/
Mick Devine released the first single called “Strange Voices” out of his brand new solo album title ‘Hear Now”.
The album will be release on Escape Music Ltd on October 18th 2019 and can be pre-ordered from ESCAPE MUSIC
On Guitars and Keys features Steve Morris (Lonerider / Heartland / Ian Gillan Band) and on Bass, Drums, Productions and mixed by Brian J Anthony (Lonerider / Steve Walsh / Overland).
Check the first single HERE
US rock band COLORVINE (formerly TOWER CITY) have released a fan video for ‘Radio Days’, the track is taken from their new melodic rock album ‘Wake Up‘, which is e out in Europe via CV Media Group/Cargo Records UK.
This isn’t the typical “come-back” story, though. Forget the band previously signed with Warner Brothers, Interscope and Atlantic, and were managed by Don Arden (the music industry legend who worked with rock icons like Ozzy Osborne, Jerry Lee Lewis and Electric Light Orchestra). For the band today, it’s 100% about the music, and the way it’s meant to be experienced.
1. Like A Rocket
2. Victory Song
3. Wake Up
4. Radio Days
5. Change In The Weather
7. Happy Broken Heart
8. Be The One
10. Say You Love Me
The album was recorded and mixed by Colorvine at The Fenix Room. Mastered by Ken Love (DeGarmo & Key, Greg X Volz, Holy Soldier, Spock’s Beard, Neal Morse) at Sweetwater Studios
“The song ‘Radio Days’ really states what this album is about. We want to bring people back to those days of turning up the radio and singing our favorite songs – even listening to an entire album like we used to!” said band co-founder Heath Saltis. Grammy-nominated band mates Heath and Larry Saltis describe the new album as “a true passion project and labor of love two years in the making.”
With a focus on “giving the people what they want,” Colorvine proves they can still excite listeners with their own brand of melodic rock that mixes past and present; from Wake Up’s first track to its last, the album blends multiple genres into a single harmonic tour de force. It’s a refreshing change, in the era of single digital downloads, to listen to an album carefully crafted for a beginning-to-end experience.
“They say that a change is as good as a rest,” writes music reviewer Dave Franklin, “but in the case of Colorvine, this rest seems to have brought them back both hungry, energized and brilliantly focused as songwriters.”
Setting the pace for the rest of the album, Wake Up’s first track “Like A Rocket” is the perfect opener to announce Colorvine’s return with a chorus that invites the listener to join them as they “run and chase the music they love.” The album’s first single, “Victory Song,” features big harmonies, infectious drum beats, and in-your-face guitar chords that will have you pressing repeat as soon as the song finishes. This is a high-energy and highly relatable song that celebrates rising above life’s challenges. And the album’s title track “Wake Up” may very well have the widest appeal as it challenges listeners to find their own meaning within the lyrics.
Larry Saltis – Lead Vocals, Guitar (Tower City, New Monkees)
Heath Saltis – Drums, Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals (Tower City)
Kurt Reed – Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Catch Colorvine on tour with Foreigner during the Summer 2019.
July 26 Akron OH Album Release Show
August 11 Grand Rapids MI With Foreigner
August 12 Huber Heights OH With Foreigner
September 3 Kitchener ON With Foreigner
Brand new album called “Renaissance” is coming up on June 21st from ROB MORATTI along with great melodies, singing and a fantastic guitar playing.
10 melodic blasting tracks will stick into your ears for longtime and makes you feel that the next upcoming years have found already their soundtrack.
AOR HEAVEN states:
“When it comes to songs, melodies, harmonies and range – as many know – Rob Moratti is in a league of his own. The songs on “Renaissance” are astonishing as ever. Filled with his trademark harmonies and memorable chorus’s that will capture the listener and engrave your soul. Working alongside with some the best songwriters and performers in the genre such as Torben Enevoldsen on guitars, Fredrik Bergh on keyboards, Stu Reid on drums and Tony Franklin on the Monster Bass.”
1. You Are The One
2. Let Me Be The One
3. Best of Me
4. Lift You Up
5. Hold On To Love
6. I Let You In
7. It’s Time To Go
8. Many Come Home
9. I Don’t Want To Wait Forever
10. It Hurts To Be I Love
Produced by Rob Moratti, Mixed by Rob Moratti and Torben Enevoldsen and Mastered by Rob Moratti.
The album will be released from AOR HEAVEN and you can have a “bite” here below.
AMRShow APPROVED 9.5 /10
Rob Moratti, the Solo Artist, the Voice of Final Frontier and the former Voice of Saga.
Rob Moratti is a genuine and true original. With an astonishing range, he’s carved such a unique style blending the finest elements of melodic and progressive rock.
He started his career professionally in the early 90’s as lead vocalist and songwriter of the band Moratti; entering the new millennium with Final Frontier. They immediately were well received making an impact on the airwaves of Japan and in Europe. Rob’s future went forward with Final Frontier, soaring out four incredible melodic pieces. Over the years in spite of all the changes in the music scene, Rob’s perseverance and passion stood strong. His fate is so undeniable it captured the attention of multi-platinum selling and legendary progressive rock band SAGA. In 2008 the official announcement was made that Rob Moratti would become the new voice of Saga and at the age of 42 Rob’s destiny would evolve.
Today his solo career has taken off quite well. Now in 2019, the singer is about to deliver his strongest solo record ever titled “Renaissance” which marks his first release with AOR Heaven.
Rob also has worked with many power house musicians that have been part of his solo career like Reb Beach of (Whitesnake/ Winger), Tony Franklin of (Blue Murder / Firm), Brian Doerner of (Saga) and Ian Crichton of (Saga).
HARD ROCK HELL announce HRH ROAD TRIP XI – IBIZA 2020, which is being held on 6th to 13th May 2020. The line up includes: SKINDRED, TED POLEY (Danger Danger), REEF, JOE LYNN TURNER, JOHN COGHLAN’S QUO, LA GUNS, JIZZY PEARL’SLOVE/HATE, TEN YEARS AFTER, WAYWARD SONS, SEETHING AKIRA, MASSIVE, MIDNITE CITY, and more to be announed!
Bands – Bikes – Beers – Boats – Brotherhood: The 5 cornerstones of HRH Road Trips– the ultimate rock’n’roll holiday.
Held annually on the world-famous holiday island of Ibiza, the HRH RoadTrip has grown from its humble beginnings 10 years ago to become one of rock and metals most celebrated events.
The event attracts world famous rock and metal artists – such as Hawkwind, Whitesnake’s Bernie Marsden, Motorhead’s Phil Campbell, Reef, Rainbow’s Joe Lynn Turner, Skindred, Girlschool, LA Guns and The Quireboys – to play and soak up the sun and unique atmosphere of the Spanish leg of Hard Rock Hell.
Over 4000 rock fans attended this year’s event making it the biggest yet – and next year is shaping up to be even bigger and better.
Doesn’t matter if it’s lazing by the pool with banging tunes in the background, making shapes on the most famous dancefloors in the world such as Eden or taking in the spectacular sunsets on the beach … there’s something for everyone.
HRH Magazine’s Adam Kennedy had this to say about this year’s event “With the unpredictable nature of British summertime weather, a five-day hard rock festival located on the Balearic Island of Ibiza doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. You can leave those wellies at home, put your tent away, and comfortably enjoy the diverse bill of entertainment on display without worrying about having to dredge through muddy fields or being washed away by the rain.
As the White Isle awakens from its annual winter hibernation, flocks of revellers will arrive at the party capital of the world as HRH takes over San Antonio’s hotels, bars, and legendary night spots. The event itself once again offers a comprehensive bill of both established and emerging talent whilst encompassing acts that represent many of HRH festival’s different brands. There will also be the chance to take part in Ibiza traditions such as the customary HRH bike ride, pool and boat parties, or take the opportunity to experience the island’s world-famous sunsets with an early evening boat trip.
When Axl Rose penned the lyrics to “Paradise City”, he could well have been thinking about a location not too dissimilar to San Antonio. At the heart of Ibiza’s Rock n Roll paradise is one of the island’s most beloved super clubs “Eden”. Every year HRH Road Trip will take-over the famed night club and its many different rooms for the duration of the event. Nestled away between San Antonio Bay and the world-famous nightlife of San Antonio town, the 5,000 capacity club is the perfect spot to host an event such as HRH RTX.
Described by one festival punter as being like ‘Download with a pool’ HRH RTX entails several music filled days and plenty of sun, sea and San Miguel plus of course a healthy mix of rock, blues, metal, stoner and prog that will keep the party going until the wee hours during four music-filled club nights.”
HRH Road Trip XI is being held on 6th to 13th May 2020. For all the details and packages visit www.hrhroadtrip.com or call 044+ 207 193 1164.
Maryan is the new exciting addition to the female AOR scene.
Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are proud to announce the signing of female rock vocalist, Maryan, for the recording and release of her debut album. Hailing from Italy, Maryan took her first steps into the rock/metal scene fronting various bands, and was noticed by vocalist and producer Davide “Dave Rox” Barbieri. Dave immediately brought her to the attention of Burning Minds Music Group‘s A&R and producer, Pierpaolo “Zorro” Monti. Blown away by her vocal talent, Zorro approached her with the proposal of a professional collaboration.
Zorro says: “Being a big fan of female-fronted AOR, myself, I’ve searched for years to find a new female AOR sensation. Maryan represents exactly what I always imagined, and I’m sure she is going to make some significant waves in the melodic rock scene with her outstanding talent“.
Maryan adds: “This moment mean so much to me. On one hand, it marked the arrival of a long, inner search, where I finally understood the place music has in my life. My friend and teacher, Davide Barbieri, plays an essential role. He introduced me to the Burning Minds‘ family, and he knows how to get the best out of my voice. Here, I’m finding passionate artists who are in love with the beauty of sound. I’m thoroughly enjoying my collaboration with Pierpaolo Monti, both from a musical and a human point of view. This signing is the beginning of something truly exciting for me. With Dave and Zorro’s experience and care in the production, I’m sure we’ll be able to create something really explosive“.
Maryan will be backed by established musicians for the recording of her debut album. It will feature also noteworthy songwriting contributions from the likes of Niclas Olsson (Sapphire Eyes, Alyson Avenue), Davide “Dave Rox” Barbieri (Wheels Of Fire, Raintimes, Charming Grace), Pierpaolo “Zorro” Monti (Shining Line, Raintimes, Charming Grace), Gianluca Firmo (Room Experience, Firmo), Alessandro Broggi (Airbound), Marcello Spera & Andrew Trabelsi (Alchemy), Lorenzo Nava (Streetlore), the Mindfeels‘ crew and more. British novelist Peter Darley will also be providing his talent in the lyrics’ department.
The album will be recorded under the supervision of producers Pierpaolo “Zorro” Monti & Davide “Dave Rox” Barbieri, while mixing and mastering duties will be handled by renowned sound engineer, Roberto Priori (Danger Zone, Raintimes, Wheels Of Fire). The first official single, “Like A Dragonfly“, will be released worldwide in the forthcoming weeks.
Second album from the Greek heavy/power metal band Diviner!
Mastered by Henrik Udd (Powerwolf, Hammerfall, Myrath) and artwork by Jan Yrlund (Battle Beast, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani) the album is set for release on June 7th.
01. Against The Grain
02. Heaven Falls
03. Set Me Free
04. The Earth, The Moon, The Sun
05. Cast Down In Fire
06. Beyond The Border
07. King Of Masquerade
09. The Voice From Within
DIVINER is a heavy/power metal band from Greece founded by long-time friends and music partners Yiannis Papanikolaou (vocals) and Thimios Krikos (guitar) in the summer of 2011. The two of them also formed the well known Greek heavy/power metallers InnerWish back in 1995 playing in their debut album “Waiting for the Dawn” (1998) but after this release they had a long break of different musical quests.
Their new vision was to proudly express themselves by creating and playing something powerful, intense, deep, heavy, dark, melodic and inspired that at the same time would sound up to date. All this without losing the elements that reflect the essence of pure and timeless magic of metal music.
They were joined in the band by George Maroulees (guitar), Herc Booze (bass) and Fragiskos Samoilis (drums) and a deal was inked with the Swedish label Ulterium Records.
The debut album “Fallen Empires” was released in November 2015 and received very good reviews and feedback from around the world. After the release of the album the band played many shows and big festivals in Greece and also in Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland, and became known for being a great and energetic live band gaining a strong following.
Thimios Krikos left the band in 2017 due to a heavy and conflicting schedule and was replaced by Kostas Fitos.
Diviner entered Devasoundz Studios in Athens with producer Fotis Benardo in summer 2018 to record their second album “Realms of Time”. This time they decided to expand their music horizons, exploring more territories, adding new elements in terms of lyrics, melodies, riffs and atmosphere, making their songwriting more interesting and better. The band worked really hard on coming up with the best compositions, arrangements and production as possible for the ten songs they set out to record.
The final result show improvements on every level since the band’s debut album and “Realms of Time” won’t leave fans of heavy and power metal disappointed. The album is heavy, melodic and epic and it’s full of energy, power and emotion. Follow Diviner into the Realms of Time!
Yiannis Papanikolaou – Vocals
George Maroulees – Guitar
Kostas Fitos – Guitar
Herc Booze – Bass
Fragiskos Samoilis – Drums
2019: Realms of Time (Ulterium Records)
2015: Fallen Empires (Ulterium Records)
Engineered and mixed by Fotis Benardo (ex. Septic Flesh)
Produced by Fotis Benardo and Diviner
Mastered by Henrik Udd (Powerwolf, Hammerfall, Myrath)
Artwork by Jan Yrlund (Battle Beast, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani)
Escape Music is pleased and delighted to announce the return of Alliance with a brand new album Fire And Grace!
The album is set for release on MAY 24th and the first lyric video is already out!
Robert Berry: All vocals, Bass and keyboards (solo artist, 3, and GTR)
Gary Pihl: All Guitars (Boston and Sammy Hagar)
David Lauser: Drums (Sammy Hagar And The Waboritas)
Produced by: ALLIANCE
All Arrangements by: ALLIANCE
Recorded at: Soundtek Studios, Campbell, CA.
GP Studio Boston
Engineered and Mixed By: Robert Berry
Mastered By: Alan Douches
Cover Artwork and design by: Richard Jones at web-spaghetti, UK
1-DON’T STOP THE WHEEL TURNING 3:39
2- GOOD LIFE 4:03
3- UNCERTAIN 6:34
4- I’LL HAVE SOME OF THAT 4:43
5- FIRE AND GRACE 3:26
6- RAISE YOUR GLASS 3:24
7- TIME 4:38
8- REAL THING 4:33
9- REASON TO WALK AWAY 4:26
10- FAST FORWARD TO LAST NIGHT 3:13
11- CHANGE OF HEART 4:21
12- THE SAME 4:02
13*-YOU ARE THE HEROS 3:27
*bonus track with first pressing only
All songs: Winterlight Music ASCAP