Skandi Act CARE OF NIGHT’s new album “Love Equals War”, produced by Erik Wigelius, is set to be released by AOR Heaven/GerMusica Promotion on November the 23rd 2018.
1. Love equals War
2. Your perfection
3. She leads you on
4. All I got
6. Ivory Tower
7. Cold as my heart
8. Please don’t leave
9. We will find a way
10. At last
Care of Night.
Calle Schönberg – Lead Vocals
Viktor Öström Berg – Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Bass Guitar.
Kristofer V. Wachenfeldt – Keyboards, Vocals
Linus Svensson – Drums, Vocals
Formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2008 and centered around the Millis brothers Jules (Vocals – ex Tigertailz) & Xavier (Keyboards – 2 x Aria Nominee) and guitar virtuoso Enzo Almanzi. Raised on a healthy diet of 80’s Arena Rock and influenced by artists such as Survivor, Foreigner, Journey, Night Ranger, Starship, Dokken and Australia’s own Rick Springfield. In 2010 White Widdow signed with the AOR Heaven label and stormed onto the Melodic Rock scene across the globe with the release of their self-titled debut album throughout Europe. The release of the debut was met by the press with rave reviews making it into Classic Rock Magazine’s top 10 AOR albums for 2010. White Widdow quickly returned with their follow up release “Serenade” in September 2011, showcasing a more crafted song style and structure. In support of “Serenade”, White Widdow hit the road playing festivals and headlining club shows throughout Europe which saw them tour through Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Greece and England. Along the way performing at HEAT Festival (Germany) and Firefest (UK) and playing alongside artists including Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Steve Auguri (Journey), Unruly Child, Stage Dolls, Keel, Shakra, Strangeways, Silent Rage, Alien, Mitch Malloy, Coney Hatch, Jeff Paris, Kane Roberts and many more. In 2014 White Widdow’s third opus. “Crossfire” was released and was once again met with praise from both rock critics and melodic rock/ AOR fans, receiving positive reviews. In March 2015 White Widdow returned to tour Europe with shows in Spain and Greece before returning to the UK with shows across England and finishing the tour at Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival in Wales sharing the stage with AOR Legends Night Ranger & FM. 2016 saw White Widdow release their fourth album “Silhouette”, a very slick AOR affair that was heaped with praise by the Melodic Rock Press and Media. White Widdow returned to tour Europe and once again performed at HEAT Festival in Germany alongside artists including Treat and Pink Cream 69. 2018 has seen White Widdow re-enter the studio for their fifth album “Victory”, celebrating ten years since the band began and an album cover that throws back to the style of their debut. “Victory” incorporates a strong Pomp element in the songs along with White Widdow’s traditional classic 80’s AOR sound, the band allowing their influence of bands like Giuffria and White Sister to really come through. Featuring over the top pompus keyboards, stacked harmony vocals from the Millis brothers and Enzo Almanzi’s tasty solos throughout. White Widdow are set to perform at Rockingham in the UK in support of the new album, followed by a tour through Spain, Greece and their native Australia.
White Widdow are:
Lead Vocals – Jules Millis;
Keyboards & Vocals – Xavier Millis;
Guitars – Enzo Almanzi;
Bass – Ben Webster;
Drums – Gavin Hill
1. Victory, 2. Fight For Love, 3. Second Hand Heart, 4. Late Night Liason, 5. Danced In The Moonlight, 6. Love And Hate, 7. Reach Up, 8. Anything, 9. America, 10. Run And Hide
AMRS APPROVED 8.75 /10
Following on from their explosive self-titled debut album last year, MIDNITE CITY return all guns blazing on 19th of October 2018 with their sophomore release ‘THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD’ – eleven tracks of fist pumping, high energy, feel-good, hair metal of the highest order!
1. Here Comes The Party, 2. Give Me Love, 3. You Don’t Understand, 4. Life Ain’t Like This On The Radio, 5. We’re Gonna Make It, 6. Tonight You’re All I Need, 7. Hard To Get Over, 8. Takes One To Know One, 9. Heaven’s Falling, 10. Gave Up Giving Up, 11. Until The End
The lush melodies, huge choruses and gargantuan hooks found on their debut album are all here in abundance alongside some true modern day glam anthems, fun commercial party rock, moody mid-paced hard rockers and heart wrenching power ballads big enough to light up an entire arena.
As with the first album, the winning formula has remained – all songs have been written by Rob Wylde, whilst Pete Newdeck has once again taken control of production, engineering and mixing duties. With ‘THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD’ the band has literally stepped everything up several notches to unbridled, head splitting proportions. The guitars are big, the drums are huge, there are walls and walls of harmonies and more synths than you’d find this side of a classic Bon Jovi album. In a nutshell, this album has everything but the kitchen sink!
With shows all over the UK and Europe in 2017/ 2018, MIDNITE CITY’s sound is tighter than ever before.
So if you long for a band that still look, sound and perform like those long lost million selling forgotten bands of the late 80’s/ early 90’s, MIDNITE CITY and ‘THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD’ is the album for you. Don’t forget to catch MIDNITE CITY tearing it up live all over the UK, Europe and beyond in their own inimitable, arena rock style in 2018/ 2019…
’HERE COMES WEEKEND…HERE COMES THE PARTY!’
AMRS APPROVED 9/10
Australian AORsters White Widdow announced the release of their new album through the band’s facebook page.
Tha band stated: “The upcoming fifth White Widdow album “Victory” will be released in Europe & UK on October 26th 2018 on the AOR Heaven Label.”
2. Fight For Love
3. Second Hand Heart
4. Late Night Liason
5. Danced In The Moonlight
6. Love And Hate
7. Reach Up
10. Run And Hide.
In 1997 Singer, songwriter Steve Newman formed the band Newman and since 1998 have been producing consistently high quality albums filled with hook laden songs and thought provoking lyrics. The now, hard to find self-titled album was followed up in 1999 by the awesome “One Step Closer” album. Continuing the high standard came “Dance In The Fire” and then “Sign Of The Modern Times” in 2000, and 2003 respectfully. Fans and critics alike began to realize they were dealing with an artist that would evolve and mature with them.
The year 2006 saw the release of “Heaven Knows”, and once again proved beyond all doubt that Newman were becoming one of the top purveyors of Melodic Rock in the UK. Any doubts about the quality or consistency were cast aside when in 2007 “Primitive Soul” was released to great acclaim. This was followed in 2008 by “Decade” a double album celebrating 10 years of Newman. However, not wanting to take the usual route of a “hits” album this was packaged with a second CD containing another 14 unreleased songs which ended up being so well received it was reviewed as a new studio album. “Decade” may have been a great way for a band to sign off and call it a day, however, not only was this not even considered, the focus went into producing the next stage of the bands career.
In 2010 “The Art Of Balance” was released to huge acclaim from critics and fans. The band followed this up with a string of successful live dates including Cambridge Rock Festival, Firefest Festival, and a UK Tour supporting John Waite. All this was achieved in the face of huge emotional strain after Steve suffered losing both his parents that year. In fact, as the writing progressed onto the following recording “Under Southern Skies” this AOR Heaven release ended up being a very personal and reflective album for Steve.
All this time , the live band, with the addition of Pete Newdeck on Drums, joining Steve (Vocals, Guitar), Shaun Bessant (Guitar, Vocals), Paul Boyle (Keyboards, Vocals), Dave Bartlett (Bass, Vocals) were gaining momentum, culiminating in shows in Greece, Spain, Germany, and the US. 2014 saw the re-recording and release of the acclaimed first album as a Limited Edition, This coincided with a successful UK tour with Vega. More live shows ensued before returning to the studio in 2014 and putting together what would become 2015’s “The Elegance Machine”. In 2016 Newman embarked on their first UK headline tour which was a great success as well as some other selected dates in Europe. At the end of the tour Steve took some time late in 2016 to concentrate on writing for a few other artists as well as having 3 songs re-recorded for the Goran Edman album “Cry Of Dawn”. It was within these sessions that Steve started to piece together the foundations for his next release. In 2017 “Aerial” was released, a more classic AOR Melodic Rock feeling album which had tremendous reviews and responses across the globe.
So we turn to 2018, and the 20th anniversary of Newman. Steve decided to celebrate this with “Decade II” following the same format as the first Decade release. A 2 CD 34 track album covering the bands history from 2007 to the present.
Newman – Decade II
01 Hero To Zero (From the album “The Art of Balance” Chrome Dome 2010)
02 Heading For Your Heart (From the album “Primitive Soul” Chrome Dome 2007)
03 Ghost In The Night (From the album “Under Southern Skies” AOR Heaven 2011)
04 Feel Her Again (From the album “Siren” AOR Heaven 2013)
05 Stay With Me (From the album “The Art Of Balance” 2010)
06 The Elegance Machine (From the album “The Elegance Machine” AOR Heaven 2016)
07 Killing Me (From the album “Under Southern Skies” AOR Heaven 2011)
08 Primitive Soul (From the album “Primitive Soul” Chrome Dome 2007)
09 Endless (From the album “The Art of Balance” Chrome Dome 2010)
10 Fire With Fire (From the album “Under Southern Skies” AOR Heaven 2011)
11 Scar Of Love (From the album “Siren” AOR Heaven 2013)
12 15 Minute Revolution (From the album “Primitive Soul” Chrome Dome 2007)
13 She Walks In Silence (From the album “The Elegance Machine” AOR Heaven 2016)
14 Under Southern Skies (From the album “Under Southern Skies” AOR Heaven 2011)
15 Had Enough (From the album “Siren” AOR Heaven 2013)
16 Tumble Down (From the album “The Art of Balance” Chrome Dome 2010)
17 For The Man I Am (From the album “Primitive Soul” Chrome Dome 2007)
01 Breaking The Barrier (From “The Elegance Machine” sessions 2014)
02 Girl Found Love (From “The Elegance Machine” sessions 2014)
03 Liar (From The “Aerial” sessions 2016)
04 One More Night With You (Frontiers song submission)
05 Fight No More (From the “Aerial” sessions 2016)
06 She’s The Woman (From “The Elegance Machine” sessions 2014)
07 Nightmare (“Under Southern Skies” Japanese bonus track)
08 Angel (From The “Aerial” sessions 2016)
09 World Keeps Turning (Frontiers song submission for the Toby Hitchcock album)
10 In Too Deep (From the “Aerial” sessions 2016)
11 The More I Love (“Under Southern Skies” Japanese bonus track)
12 Crossed My Heart (From the “Aerial” sessions 2016)
13 A Witness To Love’s Decline (From the “Aerial” sessions 2016)
14 Does It Feel The Same? (Frontiers song submission)
15 Race Of A Lifetime (From “The Elegance Machine” sessions 2014)
16 Never Becomes Again (From “The Elegance Machine” sessions 2014)
17 My Fantasy (From the “Aerial” sessions 2016)
“So here we are again, oh, but hang on, we’re another 10 years (from the first Decade release) down the line on this musical journey. I can’t believe how quickly those years have gone by !! I wanted to keep the concept for this collection the same as the previous release, so once again, I am proud and excited to present to you another double CD re-performed and re-recorded featuring 35 songs from 2007 right through to 2017. 20 years since Newman first released the debut album, and I still get the same excitement and joy from recording and performing music. In the last 10 years the live band has gone from strength to strength and I am now surrounded by a bunch of really good friends who bring these songs to life whenever we play. My drive to write and perform is a selfish quest, however, my inspiration is you, everyone that supports my music, and the wonderful compliments I receive on a daily basis, thank you for your belief, this one is for you.” Steve Newman
Disc 1 features 17 songs from the 2007 album “Primitive Soul” through “The Art Of Balance”,
“Under Southern Skies”, “Siren”, and finally the 2015 album “The Elegance Machine”.
Disc 2 features another 17 songs, some that were written and even recorded, but not included
on the final releases, songs that were written for other artists and 2 songs that were originally released as Japanese bonus tracks. There are some songs, as before, that were “works in progress” especially recorded for this release and also another 6 songs from the “Aerial” sessions.
UK melodic rockers ATLAS will release their debut album called “In pursuit of memory” on September 28th from AOR HEAVEN.
Track list: 1. Samsara, 2. Bad Habit, 3. Breathe Me In, 4. Flesh and Blood, 5. As Time Goes By, 6. In The Frame, 7. Lock and Key, 8. Seasons Change, 9. Signal Of Hope, 10. Letting Go, 11. Supernova, 12. Live and Forget
ATLAS is a Melodic Rock band from the North of England that is comprised of 5 young musicians, i.e. James Thorley (Keyboards, programming and percussion), John Moss (Lead Guitars), Howie Little (Lead Guitars), Chris Redfearn (Bass Guitar) and Craig Wells (Lead Vocals). Keyboard player Thorley founded the band in early 2017 with the intention to create a band that centered its roots around the AOR and Melodic Rock genre whilst delving into other areas of Hard Rock, Metal, Progressive and even Jazz. 5 keyboard demos were produced by Thorley during the first few months of 2017.
The name ‘Atlas’ came from the working title for these demos, which would soon be molded into the songs heard on the bands’ debut EP ‘World In Motion’. ATLAS drew heavily on influences stemming from the AOR classic standards of Toto and Journey to the modern era of Work of Art and W.E.T with subtle progressive elements of Dream Theater mixed in to forge the early sound heard throughout their EP. The recording and mixing duties fell upon keyboard player James Thorley. Sam Millar of UK rock band Bigfoot contributed to the backing vocals on this EP which got self-released through their band camp website in late August 2017. The end of 2017 found the band achieve three awards from AOR Underground (A feature of Powerplay magazine) for ‘Independent album of year 2017’ for their release of the EP ‘World in Motion’, ‘Best Newcomer of 2017’ and ‘Song of the year’ with ‘Lost in The Moment’. This momentum and growing social media following provided the stepping-stone for the bands next endeavor. With strong motivation and after almost a year of working together as a band they were now eager to start collaborating on new material using the stronger aspects of their EP as a cornerstone.
The writing sessions for the debut album officially started in December 2017 and continued for 8 months. The band were given an opportunity in June to have a break from the album production when they were approached by UK Melodic Rock band Vega to open up for them and AOR Heaven rockers Midnite City in support of their latest album tour. Rob Evans of Powerplay Magazine had helped the band get in contact with Georg Siegl, the founder of AOR Heaven, and after discussions between the band and Siegl a contract was drawn up.
The album name ‘In Pursuit of Memory’ reflects the nature and themes of the songs heard throughout the album. With a common theme throughout the album being self-reflection, healing and learning from mistakes one has made; with lyricists Thorley, Moss and Wells all penning at least one track centered on those themes. The album was recorded and engineered by keyboard player James Thorley at his studio ‘The Woodshed”. Thorley also took on the role of the producer as he did on the bands previous self released EP.
Sam Millar of Bigfoot provided ‘guest vocals’ on the album as well; his vocal harmony contributions can be heard throughout most of the tracks and add a much desired AOR factor that the band often desire in their songs. Christoffer Borg (Taste, Art Nation) was chosen as the mixing and mastering engineer on ‘In Pursuit of Memory’. Borg’s credit’s, which include Anthrax, Evergrey & Kee Marcello gave the group confidence that he would be able to do the variety of songs they had written the justice it sonically deserved.
Craig Wells – Vocals
James Thorley – Keyboards/Piano/Programming/Percussion
John Moss – Guitar Howie Little – Guitar/Acoustic Guitar
Chris Redfearn – Bass Guitar/Acoustic guitar
2. Crown Of Thorns,
3. Dying For Love,
4. Feel The Heat (Cobra soundtrack),
7. The Awakening (Shocker – Wes Craven),
8. Missing The Young Days,
9. Hike It Uo,
10. Secret Jesus,
11. Rock Ready (EA/MTV Rock Band Game),
12. The One,
13. Voodo Queen,
14. Standing On The Corner For Ya (2017 single version, as performed on The Wendy Williams TV show)
AOR HEAVEN is currently gearing up to release the first of two retrospective albums highlighting the music of Jean Beauvoir beginning in the summer of 2018. Jean Beauvoir: Rock Masterpieces Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 feature songs from his solo career including his International multi-platinum debut “Drums Along the Mohawk” album, from his band Crown Of Thorns, his band Voodoo X, which also made music and video history, some fan favorites and a couple of unreleased singles which are a part of several soon to be released projects. AOR HEAVEN will begin releasing his follow up album Jean Beauvoir” Rock Masterpieces Vol. 2 by the end of 2018, beginning of 2019. The songs on both albums will be remastered.
Beauvoir is also working with best selling British author Simon Cox (Cracking The Da Vinci Code) on a new book which will capture his storied career in music and entertainment. The iconic Blonde Mohawk of Jean Beauvoir has been an ongoing major influence on US and International pop culture in music, sports, film and TV; including several cartoons; influences that are still being seen and heard today. As a member of the Plasmatics, the most outrageous, controversial, successful Punk band ever and a longtime songwriter and producer for the Ramones, hailed as the greatest Punk band in the world, Jean Beauvoir is forever linked to two of the most revolutionary bands of the twentieth century. He was a member of the Plasmatics during their most successful and revolutionary time in music and is the only member of the Plasmatics who went onto a successful solo, production and writing career with over 40-million records sold to date and featured on over 240 albums.
Music from his solo debut album ‘Drums Along the Mohawk’ was hand picked by Sylvester Stallone for the film Cobra which led to Beauvoir making a deal with Al Teller (President of Paramount Pictures). Through working closely with Branson, Stallone and Teller, Cobra received the highest advertising budget for a Hollywood film to date at the time featuring the single “Feel the Heat” as its title track.
Since Cobra, music by Jean Beauvoir has been featured in other well known, successful films throughout his career including Pet Sematary (Stephen King). He has continued writing (and/or) producing hits with other artist’s such as KISS, Lionel Ritchie, Desmond Child and others; more recently with Korean Superstar Jonghyun of the K-pop super group Shinee whose single “Crazy Guilty Pleasure” hit #1 on Billboard’s World Album Charts (U.S.), #1 on iTunes (Worldwide) and topped the charts across Asia.
Today, the Plasmatics and the Ramones are hailed as two of the most revolutionary bands of the twentieth century. They are the original O.G. Punks and the Godfather’s and Grand Dame (Wendy O. Williams) of Punk & Metal. Today, Jean Beauvoir is also recognized as “One of the Most Influential Black Rockers of All Time” by Guitar World Magazine and is one of the most successful bass guitarists in American music.
The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2002) and honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2011). The Plasmatics are featured in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame (2017). Jean Beauvoir continues to write, record and produce solo projects as well as collaborate with other artist’s in various genres, while staying active in film and television projects both as an actor and/or executive producer. He is currently working with American author Bill Doyle and world class illustrator Nicola Anderson on a children’s book to be released soon. Jean Beauvoir is a producer of the ground breaking film “The Killer’s Requiem” set for release in 2019 and is currently reviewing several scripts submitted for future film roles while finalizing other projects set for release in 2018/2019.
Brand new album called “Cultural Daze” from Von Baltzer is set for release on June 29th on AOR HEAVEN.
Von Baltzer “Cultural Daze” has everything for the classic AOR rock fans wrapped up in a modernized production by Von Baltzer and a first class vintage rock mix by Swedish producer Magnus Johansson. While the each song captures remnants of the 80’s & 90s best rock artists from Asia, Bon Jovi, Boston, Toto & a musical hint of Yes, Von Baltzer clearly have a unique style & individual sound, while still appealing to fans of Bad English, Journey & Rainbow alike. “Cultural Daze” comprises of 10 memorable heart felt rock tracks, a must for classic rock radio DJ’s and fans worldwide with some of the most amazing performances by Rocks 1st class musicianship from across Europe!
Produced by Von Baltzer this impressive debut album now delivers this memorable “back to the roots” melodic classic rock debut album with 10 co-written songs by guitarist Christian Kjellström (Atlantis/ RockXPress) and Erik Palmqvist (Pork from Cork Ireland, Mickey Slim Band); music & lyrics by vocalist Ian Parry Rock Emporium, Consortium Project, Elegy, Ayreon). Drummer Magnus Jacobson (Miss Behaviour, Claes Yngström) completes the band’s line-up. Per Ramsby (Tribute, Foundation) guests on keyboards.
“Cultural Daze” addresses recent issues in the world media and is a view of life in a multi cultural society. A heartfelt search for a way forward during these turbulent times influencing our lives and what lies ahead for society in the future.
AMRS APPROVED : 8.5/10
On April 27th 2018, AOR Heaven will re-issue the rare and out of print album “The State Of Rock” with two bonus tracks as a limited edition of 1000 copies. The album was re-mastered by guitarist Robby Böbel.
Track listing: 1. Heaven Knows, 2. The Night Comes Over You, 3. Another Love, 4. Heaven Can’t Wait, 5. Endless, 6. Over And Out, 7. Dangerous Game, 8. Hold On, 9. I Have To Be Strong, 10. Victom Of Madness, 11. It’s Not Over, 12. I’m Fallin (former Japanese bonus track), 13. Alone (former Japanese bonus track)
FRONTLINE from Nürnberg, Germany belong to the pioneers of the German hard rock scene. Founded in 1989 by Robert Böbel (guitars, keyboards; EVIDENCE ONE, PHANTOM V), Stephan Kämmerer (vocals), Thomas Riess (bass) und Stephan Bayerlein (drums), their debut album “The State Of Rock” finally hit the stores in 1994 – a true classic which until today still is regarded as the finest album of the band by many. This record also meant the breakthrough for the guys in Japan where they reached # 10 in the rock sales charts. Straightly after the release, FRONTLINE went on tour in Europe and had the honour to open for various great acts such as GOTTHARD, CRASH TEST DUMMIES, BONFIRE, TYKETTO and CASANOVA.
In 1995, FRONTLINE pulled out the full acoustic album „Two Faced“. However, personal differences within the band followed and ended up in the departure of Stephan Bayerlein and Thomas Riess in 1996. They were replaced by Thomas „Hutch“ Bauer (Bass) und Rami Ali (Drums; EVIDENCE ONE, SHYLOCK). Still in the same year, FRONTLINE signed a record deal with a new label, recorded the single “Man In Motion” and the album “Heroes” which though officially only saw the light of day in Japan since their European label went out of business.
One year later, the band decided to start working on another new album which is well known under it’s working title “Heroes II” amongst the fans but never saw a release. Due to a complicated contractual situation many labels feared to contact FRONTLINE during the following years and the band went back to the underground again until Georg Siegl at AOR Heaven finally showed his interest in the band in the year 2000 and signed them for the first time. Just one month later, the album “Right Attitude” was released which can be regarded as a sort of compilation out of both “Heroes” albums …and “Right Attitude” became a huge success for the band again! The recordings for their 2002 output “Against The World” started the same year, and this album finally re-established FRONTLINE on the international hard rock market.
Throughout the months after the release of the best of compilation “Almost Unreleased” (2003) which also featured a couple of rare tracks for the fans, FRONTLINE again went into the studio and started to work on a new album called “The Seventh Sign” (2004). In the year 2006, the last studio album the German group called “Circles” was released.
New melodic hard rock project called HEARTWIND is coming up with their debut album entitled “Higher and Higher” on April 27th which will be released from AOR HEAVEN.
Track listing: 1. Higher and higher, 2. Cry out into space, 3. Ready for the moonlight, 4. One night away from you, 5. Surrounding me 6. Through the light, 7. Too late for roses 8. Creatures of the night, 9. Don’t be that girl, 10. Your eyes cannot lie, 11. Game of love
With members from bands like Constancia, The Poodles, Token, Narnia and Essence of Sorrow, and with guest stars Nina Söderquist (Bjorn Skifs/Badrock, Champions of Rock a.o.), Janne Stark (Grand Design, Mountain of Power a.o.), and Tåve Wanning (The Voice, Adrenaline Rush, Peaches), new melodic hard rockers Heartwind may come across as one of those one off band projects, but nothing could be more far from the truth. Heartwind is the story of two old friends, with a common love for classical melodic hard rock and AOR, that after fifteen years of friendship started to write the album they always had wanted to listen to themselves. Over a meal in downtown Stockholm, guitar player and songwriter Goran Engvall (former with Hitworks) and progressive/melodic keyboard player and fellow songwriter Mikael Rosengren (Constancia, Token, Scudiero), laid down the vision for what was yet to come. 15 original songs and 12 months later, Mikael started to pull some strings from his many fellow musicians in the Swedish hard rock scene since 20 years back. The two songwriters were amazed with the positive response they got on their first demos, from hard rock industry people & fans. It became evident that they were going to be able to attract some great talent to the album and the band. Believing in the importance of fellowship and a strong people fit when starting a band, Mikael and Göran started to dig in closest ground: Drummer Peter TrumPeter Svensson (Constancia, Faith) and singer Germán Pascual (Narnia, Dj Mendez, Essence of Sorrow), happily joined the band, and two key pieces of the puzzle came into place. With Peter and Germán onboard, the band knew they had both a powerful backbone and a phenomenal front man in place!
Germán invited his old friends, and former band mates, guitar virtuoso Martin Hall (Germán Pascual band) and bass wizard Germain Leth (The Poodles, Watchmen) to join the band and magic was about to happen. When also the very well respected Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed, Firespawn, Eclipse, Scudiero a.o.), accepted to team up to produce and mix, the band knew they had something special going. Fredrik’s contribution also as a musician on the album (guitar & bass) cannot be underestimated.
With classical albums like Hysteria (Def Leppard), 1987 (Whitesnake) and Escape (Journey) serving as inspiration, the intention from the band has been to get every single track to stand on its own two feet! Timeless melodic hard rock with a modern but still genuine sound!
Germán Pascual – Lead vocals
Mikael Rosengren – Keyboards
Martin Hall – Lead guitars
Göran Engvall – Lead guitars & backing vocals
Peter TrumPeter Svensson – Drums
Germain Leth – Bass
AMRS APPROVED : 9/10
Check out the new lyric video from Johan Kihlberg’s Impera called “Fear” taken from the forthcoming album “Age Of Discovery”, which is due for release on February 23rd, on German label Metal/Aor Heaven.
PAL is a Swedish musical collaboration between guitarist Roger Ljunggren and Peter Andersson and Peo Pettersson.
Roger and Peter, longtime friends, started writing and play music together way back. They first got to know each other in the early eighties. Growing up in Skara, a small town in the southwest of Sweden sharing a passion for music and specially song-writing the sweat out together in a small rehearsal studio together with some other local musicians.
The group started in 1987 when a demo was recorded in Peo’s studio Vanäs for a band called Escape which at that moment was short of a singer and Peo helped out.
Now, thirty years later the three musicians are making music together again. The songs on the debut album “Prime” are a collaboration between the three – where Roger wrote the music and recorded the guitars and solos and Peter arranged, produced and played the bass. Peo then added the vocals. Mauritz Petersson was hired to do the drums.
You can surely hear vintage elements in their music , but this time with a more modern approach and passion for the music they all grew up with. The first label that was invited to listen to the material was AOR Heaven in Germany. A record deal was signed with them shortly after. Release of the debut album “Prime” is scheduled in Europe January 2018.
Roger Ljunggren – Guitar
Peter Andersson – Bass
Peo Pettersson – Vocals / Keyboard
Mauritz Petersson – Drums
Danish rockers Raspberry Park has signed a Worldwide deal with the German record label AOR Heaven for the next album. The band will start writing new material in January 2018 and start the actual recording in late spring.
Code Red have a new promo clip out of their debut album called “Incendiary” set to be released on October 20th from AOR Heaven.
Lead singer Ulrick Lönnqvist initially started out with the band Sahara who released a self-titled album in 2001 on AOR Heaven. Since then he has mainly been working as a song-writer and co-writer for different bands all around Sweden, i.e. with Hal Marabel (Bad Habit), Morgan Jensen (Swedish Erotica), Jake E (Amaranthe), Michael Palace (Palace) and Andreas Gullstrand (Creye) to name a few. So the seed to the new project and band CODE RED was planted many years ago in fact, when colleagues and partners became close friends.
During 2016 while Lönnqvist was co-writing songs for the new albums with Jim Jidhed, Creye, Mad Invasion and Find Me, producer Daniel Flores (The Murder Of My Sweet, Find Me) approached to him and suggested that he really should record an album of his own. It was never Lönnqvist’s ambition to be a solo artist, but Flores convinced him and wanted to produce the album. The singer teamed up with co-writers Morgan Jensen (Swedish Erotica) and Michael Palace (Palace, Big Time), and along with lead guitarist Oscar Bromvall (Palace, Erika) and keyboard player Kaspar Dahlqvist (Shadowquest, Dionysus) the line-up was complete. CODE RED was born.
It felt like a natural step to approach Georg Siegl at AOR Heaven, and he believed in the songs and CODE RED right from the start. The band recorded their debut album during the spring of 2017 at Sound vs. Science in Stockholm under the direction of producer Daniel Flores and Ulrick Lönnqvist. It was a pure labor of love, resulting in the melodic rock album titled “Incendiary”.
Ulrick Lönnqvist – Lead and backing vocals, Acoustic guitars
Morgan Jensen – Electric guitars
Oscar Bromvall – Lead guitars
Michael Palace – Bass and backing vocals
Kaspar Dahlqvist – Keyboards
Daniel Flores – Drums
Cover design and artwork by Ken Sandin, SinProd. Photography: Anders Fästader, Trailermade Productions. For any further info and news. Visit AOR Heaven’s website: www.metalheaven.net, or CodeRed Sweden on Facebook.
Brand new album is coming up in September from Martina Edoff.
The album is called “We Will Align” and is set to be released on Sept 22nd from AOR Heaven.
The self-titled MARTINA EDOFF album was released in 2014, and
nearly a year later, the second record called “Unity” took her and her
band on a successful North American tour in September 2015.
She soon went to Argentina and performed for 6000 new fans as an
opening act for Tarja Turunen. The tour went on to share the stage
with The Winery Dogs on their European tour in early 2016. The UK
audience welcomed her the same year for a mini tour and she later
returned to the Rockingham Festival to perform.
Now she’s back with the third record “We Will Align” which will be
released on AOR Heaven on September 22nd, 2017.
Amongst the already acquired fans is the respected English rock
journalist Dave Ling, who discovered MARTINA EDOFF’s eponymous
titled solo debut, celebrated her with a full page article in Classic Rock
AOR Magazine and put her album on his playlist, describing it as
”Stirring, confident melodies from an unashamed Swedish rock chick!”
The great reviews kept on coming in from all over the world.
Together with her former co-producer and co-writer Jona Tee
(H.E.A.T), Martina decided to work with him on the third album. In late
2016 the artist started to write on some new songs and found more
co-writers who completed the music in the way she was looking for,
such as Jonas Törnqvist (Deathriders, Bleed The Hunger,
TreasureLland), Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, Nordic Union, W.E.T), Benny
Jansson (Ride The Sky), Billy Sheehan (Mr Big, The Winery Dogs),
Jona Tee (H.E.A.T).
“We Will Align” is a melodic hard rock album with a bluesy note along
with powerful pieces and it goes back to the roots where EDOFF has
got her influences. The strong melodies are always there such as her
powerful voice. The musicians are the best to find and they are by her
side in the studio as well on stage, i.e. Björn Höglund (drums), Nalle
Påhlsson (bass), Stefan Bergström (guitar) and Jona Tee (keyboard/
hammond and production). The mixing went through the hands of the
legendary Tobias Lindell.
Martina Edoff (2014),
We Will Align (2017)
1. Turn our pages,
4. We will align,
5. Lay down your arms,
6.Face the mirror,
7. Set you free,
8. I’m invincible,
9. Truth came knocking,
10. Brand new world
Newman are back with their new album coming up on September 22d 2017. The album is called “Aerial” and will be released on AOR Heaven.
In 1997 Singer, songwriter Steve Newman formed the band Newman and since 1998 has been producing consistently high quality albums filled with hook laden songs and thought provoking lyrics and released 10 studio albums and one best of compilation up to today. The previous release, “The Elegance Machine”, was released in 2015 and the band returned to the road with shows in Europe and their first UK headline tour.
Steve Newman continued to write throughout 2016, songs, of which some have featured on various artists releases, and some which are still to come. It was within this writing process that Newman started to piece together the ideas which would become his latest release, and 11th studio album.
“Aerial” now features 12 tracks that return to the huge chorus’s, maintaining the high quality production values that have been prevalent over the last albums. But this record, above all, is all about the songs, you could say it’s an unashamed AOR/Melodic Rock record and follows that rule across all 12 songs to give the listener a very consistent album. Once again Steve Newman has teamed up with Rob McEwen (drummer for the last nine Newman albums), the album also features long time friend Mark Thompson-Smith lending his vocals to “Fear Of Flying” and ” Two Sides”. Finally the mastering was taken care of by none other than Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) at H Bomb Mastering.
01. Fear Of Flying,
02. Don’t Wake The Lion,
03. Can’t Stop Loving You,
04. Life To Remember,
05. High Tonight (Aerial),
06. Vertigo (Leap Of Faith),
07. Two Sides, 08. I Am Your Man,
09. Always Strangers, 10. Nothing Left,
11. Still Bleeding,
12. You Don’t Know Me
LIONHEART was formed in late 1980 by Dennis Stratton (lead guitar/backing vocals, ex-Iron Maiden), Jess Cox (lead vocals, ex-Tygers of Pan Tang), Steve Mann (lead guitar/backing vocals, ex-Liar), Rocky Newton (bass guitar/backing vocals, ex-Wildfire) and Frank Noon (drums, ex-Def Leppard). The band began playing gigs including regular shows at London’s Marquee Club but had problems maintaining a consistent line-up. The core personnel of Dennis, Steve and Rocky remained but various singers passed through the band including Rueben Archer, John Farlham and Bob Hawthorn. They eventually settled as a 4-piece with Dennis and Rocky sharing lead vocal duties. The drummer’s stool was variously occupied by Les Binks (ex Judas Priest), Niko McBrain (ex Trust and subsequently Iron Maiden) and Clive Edwards (ex Wild Horses).
Between 1981 and 1984 LIONHEART played regular live shows and filled the support slot for tours by both Def Leppard and Whitesnake. In between gigs they spent many hours writing and recording demos of new songs while searching for a record deal. It wasn’t until 1984 that CBS Records in the USA offered them a contract, by which time they had recruited Chad Brown on lead vocals. They flew over to Los Angeles in March 1984 to record their debut album Hot Tonight with Kevin Beamish in the production chair and session man Bob Jenkins, who had previously worked with Leo Sayer and Kiki Dee, on drums. The album was recorded at the legendary Sound City Studios in Van Nuys and mixed at Kendun Recorders.
Upon their return to the England LIONHEART recorded a high-budget video for the single Die For Love. The late comic genius Rik Mayall played the part of the mad professor, which in later years achieved cult status on YouTube due in part to the wonderfully wooden acting of the band! Unfortunately, planned UK tours as support to Kansas and Foreigner were cancelled at the last moment. Promotion of the album suffered and LIONHEART found themselves in limbo. Chad Brown left the band in 1985 to be replaced by Keith Murrell, with Toby Sadler coming in on keyboards. More demos were recorded with the new line-up but unfortunately the momentum had been lost and the band eventually broke up. Rocky went on to record backing vocals on 2 Def Leppard albums and join Michael Schenker with Steve, while Dennis spent 15 years with Praying Mantis.
In 2016 Dave Herron, promoter of the Rockingham Festival in Nottingham, asked LIONHEART to reunite for one performance and all original members, apart from Chad Brown, did so. The reunion created quite a stir, not least within the band itself, and it was decided to carry on with the subsequent recording of a new album followed by an acclaimed appearance at Sweden Rock.
The new record, Second Nature, was created between November 2016 and May 2017 and was produced, engineered and mastered by Steve Mann in his own studio in Hannover. A mini tour of Japan with Praying Mantis was scheduled for June/July with further UK shows with Airrace in November/December.
The album release on AOR Heaven throughout Europe is set for 25th August.
Live with Praying Mantis:
30/06/2017 Umeda Club Quattro – Osaka – Japan
01/07/2017 Toyosu PIT – Tokyo – Japan
Live with Airrace: 30/11/2017 Fuel – Cardiff – Wales
01/12/2017 Slade Rooms – Wolverhampton – England
02/12/2017 The Underworld – London – England
03/12/2017 Hard Rock Hell – Sheffield – England
05/12/2017 The Cluny – Newcastle – England
06/12/2017 Bannermans – Edinburgh – Scotland
Discography: Hot Tonight (CBS/Epic) 1984; Unearthed – Raiders of the Lost Archives (Pony Canyon) 1999; Hot Tonight (Rock Candy digitally re-mastered re-release) 2012
With the release of “Ambition Rocks”, their first album in 25 years, and with a new lineup, AOR & Classic Rock band Da Vinci returns with brand new songs.
The group was formed in Norway back in 1986, and after a short round with demos, the band got a record deal with Polygram Norway and released their debut album the following year.
Looking back on the Norwegian melodic rock of the 80’s, one of the bands to leave a major impression were undoubtedly Oslo’s Da Vinci. Enjoying as much radio play and charting nationally in the same league as Return, Stage Dolls and TNT, Da Vinci released two albums, ”Da Vinci” and ”Back in the Business” and a single in 91 “Ain’t No Goodbyes/ Blame it on the radio”.
Their greatest hits were “Forever in My Heart” and “Tarquinia” from the first album; and “Call Me a Liar” and “9&10” from “Back in Business”. DaVinci was touring constantly from late 86 to 92 and did over 600 performances in Norway. They also played as support for Status Quo on their Christmas Remedy tour in 1989 in Great Britain together with Ole Evenrude. The last concerts were two gigs at Wembley Arena. They split up in 93, but Selboskar, Westlie and Aass continued to write songs together for a few years. Some of these demo songs were illegally released in Europe.
Jarle Måløy moved to the north of Norway. Bjørn Boge started Street Legal together with Bjørn Olav Lauvdal and Selboskar was in the band on keys several years. Gunnar Westlie formed his own band called Tjugods and Lars Aass started working as a songwriter at Waterfall Productions. In 2004 Selboskar and Westlie started to write AOR songs together again and formed Eidsivating with the drummer from Son of Angels, Geir Digernes, and after some years with a lot of songs and different members, this project ended up in today’s Da Vinci.
“Ambition Rocks”was produced by Sverre E Henriksen and DaVinci; drums recorded in Oslo at Klang Studios with Johnny Skalleberg. The album was mixed by Sverre E Henriksen in hangar 7 and mastered by Nick Terry. Artwork & videos by Dag Selboskar.
The album will be released from AOR Heaven on August 25th.
Here’s a first bite……
The debut album from THAT ROCK GUY is set to be released due to June 30th on AOR Heaven.
THAT ROCK GUY is arguably one of the hardest working artists in the world, performing over 1000+ live shows in the last three years alone. Performing energized melodic rock, the Australian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer has released his debut album ‘Nothin’ To lose’ to the world, bringing his own brand of powerful no-frills melodic rock to the masses.
“He’s simply a brilliant performer, a guitar guru … the night he played ‘The Village’ was just incredible. I’ll never forget it” – Jon Proom, AusPro Radio, 2015.
Currently on the final leg of an unprecedented three-year worldwide tour, THAT ROCK GUY has previously toured with The Alan Barnes Band who notably opened for rock superstars Bon Jovi on their ‘Sleep When I’m Dead’ tour. After joining them on the Sydney leg of their concert tour and receiving a plethora of positive reviews, he was enlisted to performed the lead guitar duties on XL’s self-titled debut album, mixed and produced in Melbourne by gold record award winner Andy Shanahan from Australian AOR classic rockers ‘Roxus’. Around 2001, he based himself in Europe, setting up a studio in Germany before heading out as a hired gun guitarist with international touring band BTB and performing multiple tour contracts across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. As a prolific songwriter, there was an ever-growing demand from fans at the live concerts for THAT ROCK GUY to record an album to satisfy the yearnings of his loyal and growing fan base.
On the strength of the demo recording and music video of the fan favorite live song ‘Through The Night’, That Rock Guy was offered a record deal with AOR Heaven and began recording the debut album during a tour of the Middle East. A truly international affair, he returned to Starship Studios in Germany to continue tracking the album in between tours with some additional guitar work at Split Second Sound in Amsterdam, and the final tracks were recorded at Studio 1206 in Japan. With the album fully recorded, the songs headed back to the world renowned Wisseloord Studios in Europe to be mixed by famed Swedish engineer Erik Wiss of WMP. The final touches were completed when the album was mastered by multiple Grammy, gold and platinum award winning mixing and mastering engineer Thomas “Plec” Johansson at the Panic Room in Sweden.
‘One of the best submissions I’ve ever heard’ – Martin Goulding, 2016 (martingoulding.com)
As the final leg of the world tour rolls on, stay tuned for upcoming music video releases and the debut album from THAT ROCK GUY ‘Nothin’ To Lose’ is available on the AOR Heaven record label worldwide.
2. Your Dreams Are Keeping Us Together
3. Through The Night
4. One Shot In A Million
5. Never Gonna Say Good-Bye
6. Bring On The Night
7. Can’t Get Enough Of You
8. Nothin’ To Lose
9. Without You
10. Land Of The Rising Sun