Guitar mastermind Milan Polak returns with his 4th vocal album “Can’t Please Everyone”. This album which is darker and heavier than its predecessor “Scarred To Perfection” features guest appearances by some of the world’s best musicians such as Billy Sheehan, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Tony Franklin, Thomas Lang, Jeff Neal of ‘Boston’, Atma Anur and others. “I needed to challenge myself and change my approach to song writing completely”, says Milan Polak about writing and recording the album. “It is my most advanced, profound and personal album to date.” The album was mixed & mastered by Benjamin Schäfer (Rammstein, Celtic Frost, Crimson ProjeKCt) and will be released worldwide May 10, 2020.
Lion Music are extremely proud to announce the signing of Marcel Coenen’s new band GODSCUM!
Founded to play what they play best; metal music, the important common ground. From all cross the Netherlands and even Germany, let’s choose Eindhoven (NL) as the headquarters. With band members that earned their keeps in bands as Form, Sun Caged, Stormrider, Lemur Voice, Speedica, Holy Moses, Dreadlock Pussy and Sons of the Rain, you can never really be sure what to expect. Think aggressive, modern, old school, shred, groove, military, industrial, atmospheric, and bring all these elements together.
STEVEN TOLKAMP – Lead vocals | MARCEL COENEN – Guitar and backing vocals | JOCHEN FUENDERS – Bass and backing vocals | PIM GOVERDE – Drums
Astral Groove was recorded in 1994 after Lars Eric Mattsson having played for about a year in a cover band doing Jimi Hendrix and Blues classics, so it is no big surprise that this release is pretty heavy on the blues vibe. Usually described as Hard Rock with funk and blues influences Astral Groove is a bit different from other albums that Lars had been involved in. It was by accident that this project ever came true. Lars had been writing the material with the plan that the musicians in his 1994-95 cover band, Voodoo Chile would record the songs, but it just did not work, so in stepped vocalist Bjorn Lodin, coming from his own band Baltimoore, which had just released it’s 4th album and also split up. Bass player Michael Ahlskog had previously played in VISION as well as on Lars’ earlier solo recordings. Drummer Thomas Tornefjell made the band complete. Several reasons, both personal and commercial, killed the band which never got a chance to perform live. But the music lives on – and you can’t deny that ASTRAL GROOVE was jam packed with great feel!
In 2019 Lars revisited the master recordings and came up with the ultimate version of this timeless classic album!
There are still a few unused tracks from these 1994 sessions that will probably see the light of day eventually.
OPEROSE are a new symphonic progressive metal band from the United Kingdom, comprising of rising opera sensation Jennifer Coleman, and neo-classical guitar virtuoso Joe McGurk (OPPOSING MOTION). The forthcoming debut album (Footprints in the Hourglass) also features OPPOSING MOTION drummer Kevin Deplanche and is mixed and mastered by heavy metal legend Dennis Ward, showcasing the unique collaboration across eight varied tracks.
Jennifer Coleman is a Theo Max van der Beugel Scholar studying on the 2nd year of the Masters at the Royal College of Music in London under the tutelage of Janis Kelly. Jennifer has won numerous awards including an RCM Award supported by a Big Give Award, the Mavis Bennett Award for Grand Opera and the John Lightfoot Award for Musical Theatre at Maidenhead Music Festival. Most recently, Jennifer won a Musical Odessey Prize while taking part in masterclasses with the acclaimed British soprano Susan Bullock in Nafplio, Greece. She was awarded commended in the 2016 RCM Lieder competition, and a finalist in the RCM English Song Competition.
Joe McGurk is the guitarist and co-founder of progressive metal band OPPOSING MOTION, along with drummer Kevin Deplanche. The band had a well received debut album in 2013 released through iconic label Lion Music, after a successful debut EP. Joe McGurk has also released solo work, most notably the instrumental album ‘Elements’ which received a host of great reviews when released through Lion Music in 2015, as well as composing tracks for film and television. In January 2017, Joe performed a track for Lion Music Presents Beethoven – Ode to Perfection.
OPEROSE is a unique blend of soaring vocals and guitars over a symphonic, classical backdrop telling the tale of the tragic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice through the eyes of Eurydice.
I – Empty Mirrors (Death of Eurydice) 11:28
II – Footprints 05:15
III – River of Memories 07:22
IV – The Long Grass (Seconds Apart) 04:37
V – Remember Me 07:36
VI – Moments 04:50
VII – The Faded Portrait of Affection 05:52
VIII – Stand Among Angels 10:02