Canadian melodic rocker ROB MORATTI (voice of Final Frontier, Saga, Rage of Angels, Rob Moratti) will return in October with his new solo album called “PARAGON”.
More to be announced…..
Canadian melodic rocker ROB MORATTI (voice of Final Frontier, Saga, Rage of Angels, Rob Moratti) will return in October with his new solo album called “PARAGON”.
More to be announced…..
Escape Music is delighted and pleased to announce the release date for Pinnacle Point new album entitled “Symphony of Mind” 17 July 2020.
The album is Now available to pre-order from:
Pinnacle Point is: Jerome Mazza: Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Torben Enevoldsen: Guitars, Keyboards
Rich Ayala: Guitars, Background Vocals
Valeria Pozharitskaya: Violin
Mark Prator: Drums
Takeaki Itoh: Bass
Howard Helm: Keyboards, Organ, synthesizer (Zon) John F Rodgers: Piano, Strings
1. ASCENT TO THE POINT 3:17
2. SO ALIVE 6:53
3. WEIGHT OF THE WORLD 4:09
4. HERO 6:26 5. NEVER SURRENDER 4:37
6. IN THE WAKE OF HOPE 6:00
7. SHADOWS OF PEACE 6:06
8. BEYOND 5:20
9. NOTHING AT ALL 5:25
10. PRODIGAL 5:44
11. SYMPHONY OF MIND 7:06
Produced by Jerome Mazza, Maz Music Productions in association with Escape Music Executive Producers: Khalil Turk For Escape Music Ltd. Mixed by Jim Morris and Jerome Mazza Mastered by Tom Morris and Jerome Mazza Mixed & mastered at Morrisound Recording Studio, Florida, USA Logo and cover design by Eric Philippe
Pinnacle Point is a rock band whose music blends the sounds of Melodic Rock and Epic, Progressive, Symphonic Rock. The band’s 2017 debut album Winds Of Change climbed the album oriented rock charts and was voted top melodic rock album of the year for many rock music reviewers. The founding members are American lead singer, Jerome Mazza (Angelica, Outlaw Son solo album, and also featured as guest singer on Steve Walsh’s (x-Kansas) last album “Black Butterfly”, and Danish guitarist Torben Enevoldsen (Fate, Acacia Avenue, Section A). Their first hit from the Winds Of Change album titled “Damage Is Done” caught the attention of Escape Music boss, Khalil Turk Khalil had a few ideas and one of which was to involve Jerome Mazza to sing duet on “Born In Fire” with Steve Walsh. Khalil had discovered Jerome on youtube singing for the band “Pinnacle Point”. Jerome is also the voice behind the second album by Angelica and was honoured to be asked to sing a duet on the album with Steve and asked if he could contribute more. As Jerome has such a fantastic voice it was an easy decision to make and the result is explosive! The second Pinnacle Point album Symphony Of Mind blends the writing styles of Jerome Mazza, Torben Enevoldsen and American composer, Rich Ayala. Mazza went around the globe in search for the perfect violinist for their second album and after auditioning 16 players, found just the perfect fit in Valeria Pozharitskaya. A huge Neil Pert fan, the excellent prog drummer, Mark Prator on drums. On bass is the extraordinary Takeaki Itoh, beautiful piano playing by American pianist, John F. Rodgers as well as the sensational Howard Helm (Zon) on B3 and synth.
British melodic hard rockers SHAFT OF STEEL have released a new single out of their debut album called “Steel Heartbeat” set for release on February 28th from AOR Heaven.
SHAFT OF STEEL are a melodic hard rock band based in London, UK and centered around the songwriting partnership of Alex Markham (guitar) and Robert Fenning (vocals). The group’s line-up is completed by Adam Carruthers (guitar), Dominic Swords (bass), Chris Smurthwaite (keyboards) and Michael Levy (drums).
Formed in 2004 at Hull University, SHAFT OF STEEL began life as a power metal band influenced by acts such as Iron Maiden, Dream Theater and Blind Guardian. Guitarist Alex Markham and vocalist Robert Fenning soon discovered that they had a shared love of 80s rock and pop music, in particular Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Journey, and quickly sought to combine these sounds with their metal influences. After three years as a popular and much-loved local act on the Scarborough music scene, the band went their separate ways after graduating.
In 2011, after establishing themselves in other careers, the band felt it was finally right to regroup and record an EP. Bassist Andy Cooper and drummer Garth Vickers from the earlier incarnation of SHAFT OF STEEL re-joined, along with Markham’s school friends, guitarist Adam Carruthers and keyboard player Chris Smurthwaite.
During their hiatus, the members of SHAFT OF STEEL learned of the thriving AOR scene in mainland Europe and were determined to introduce more melodic influences into their music upon reforming. The band’s self-titled debut EP was released independently in 2014 and picked up plaudits in the music press all around the globe, appearing in Classic Rock AOR, Powerplay and Fireworks magazines and a host of online publications.
SHAFT OF STEEL subsequently made their first live appearance with their new line-up, supporting UK melodic rock heavyweights VEGA at The Garage in London in 2014. Since then, they’ve appeared at the prestigious HRH AOR Festival in North Wales and The Underworld, Camden, where they delivered a storming hour-long set, filled with new material.
Bassist Andy Cooper and drummer Garth Vickers departed the line-up in 2017 and were replaced respectively by Dominic Swords and Michael Levy, both of whom had already played in earlier incarnations of the band. A full-length album remained an ongoing project in the years following the EP release and it was finally completed in late 2019.
SHAFT OF STEEL have signed to AOR Heaven for the release of the new album, entitled ‘Steel Heartbeat’. They have made major stylistic leaps on this record, taking influence from a range of melodic hard rock and AOR acts, including Work of Art, FM, Harem Scarem, Strangeways and Shy, while being careful not to abandon their metal roots.
‘Steel Heartbeat’ features backing vocals on all tracks from respected American producer and musician Dennis Ward. Famous for being the bass player in legendary German hard rockers Pink Cream 69 (and, more recently, the vocalist for Firewind main man Gus G’s solo material), Ward appeared on the band’s debut EP and has also mastered the record. The album was produced and mixed by guitarist Alex Markham, who took up the same roles on the debut EP.
Robert Fenning – Lead Vocals; Alex Markham – Guitars; Adam Carruthers – Guitars; Dominic Swords – Bass; Chris Smurthwaite – Keyboards; Michael Levy – Drums
1. Touching You Every Day
2. I’ve Never Been Alone (With a Girl Like You Before),
3. All Because of You
4. Together as One Tonight
5. Vulnerable Man
6. Falling Through the Flames
7. Body and Mind
8. Lucky Girl
9. You See Smoke When I See Fire
11. Every Time I Look at You
Brand new album from melodic rock/metallers DYNAZTY called “THE DARK DELIGHT” is coming up on APRIL 3rd from AFM Records.
First single called “Presence of mind” is now available and here’s a bite:
Formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 2008, DYNAZTY has since released 6 albums in a mere 10 year window. Straying from their early days of 80’s influenced Hardrock, the band has developed and refined their sound into something that merges the modern metal scene with the past, crafting something wholly unique. Today the band is comprised of highly respected and sought after musicians, active on the metal scene in more than one way. Bassist Jonathan Olsson can also be seen in both LINDEMANN and PAIN, guitarist Love Magnusson and drummer Georg Härnsten Egg frequently tours with rock legends such as DEE SNIDER and JOE LYNN TURNER. Guitarist Mikael Lavér has been featured with both LINDEMANN and JOE LYNN TURNER, while singer Nils Molin can be heard and seen around the globe with the ever rising star of fellow Swedish band AMARANTHE.
Check out the new H.E.A.T SINGLE & VIDEO “RISE”
Recently, H.E.A.T announced their brand-new album “H.E.A.T II” which is set to be released early next year. “H.E.A.T II” is the first album to be produced entirely by the band – with Jona Tee and Dave Dalone as producers.
“This is what we would sound like if we made a debut album 2019, hence the title.”
The recent single “One By One” (released September 27th) gave a first glance into what is to come for the new album, followed today by the anthem “Rise”.
The band explains: “Rise is about uniting and rebelling against the powers that be. Whatever that may be is subjective to the listener.”
Erik Grönwall – Vocals
Dave Dalone – Guitar
Jimmy Jay – Bass
Jona Tee – Keyboards
Don Crash – Drums
Greek, Athens based, melodic hard rockers RAIN OR SHINE have signed a deal with Perris Records for their next album called “The darkest part of me” set for release on FEBRUARY 15th.
01 THE DARKEST PART OF ME
02 TOP OF THE WORLD
03 NEW LOVE
04 WHERE ARE YOU NOW
05 AROUND THE CORNER
06 SHOT OF LIFE
07 WE ALL BACK DOWN
08 BACK ON TRACK
09 INTO THE STORM
10 WE ONLY LIVE ONCE
The first single called “TOP of the World” out of the album is already available on YTube.
Perris Records States:
“Perris Records president Tom Mathers is proud to announce the signing of Rain Or Shine to their release of their second album called “The Darkest Part of Me”, out on the 15th of February, 2019. The 1st single “Top Of The World” will be released digitally worldwide on February 1st, 2019. Fans of Bon Jovi, Europe, Winger, Nickelback & Giant will enjoy this melodic rock release. Steve S.R. the vocalist had this to say about the deal “We proudly announce that we signed a record deal with Perris Records for the release of our second album “The Darkest Part of Me”. It’s been an awesome journey creating this album and we can’t wait to hear your feedback on it.”
Rain Or Shine “The Darkest Part of Me” consists of melodic hard rock tunes with the 80’s melodic rock feel. Up-lifting songs, melodic catchy ballads and huge choruses.
The album kicks off with the selftitled track which bring the brand new sound of ROS and pulls the listener to a well crafted theme followed by a great solo from Steve.
“Top of The world” takes over with the spirit of a melodic rock party and a neverending happy headbanging.
“New Love” & “Where are you now”
midtempo, strong and heavy enough to lead to the next track.
“Around the Corner” – brings the feeling of a fresh melody which you could listen to all day long on loop.
“Shot of Life” – midtempo with catchy riffs, great chorus and a fine solo guitar to complete the idea of how melodic rock should sound nowdays.
“We all back down” – And the rock ‘n’ roll party goes on…..enough said 🙂
“Back on Track” – a modern ballad will makes you sing along as you listen to….
“Into the Storm” – in my opinion could be called “the track that Gotthard never wrote back in the day”….!
“We only live once” – Last track on the album is a fine ballad and the best way to lead to the end of a great record for my taste.
Well, as final word, I’d say that in a year which have started soooo promising ….. RAIN OR SHINE will surely be part of the top releases with this record.
AMRShow APPROVED: 9.25 /10
Rain Or Shine is a melodic hard rock band based in Athens, Greece and was formed in 2013 by Steve S.R. and Andy R. McCormick. Steve S.R. is the lead singer, plays the guitars, bass and keyboards in the project and also works as a producer and a mixing engineer. Andy R.McCormick plays the drums and the percussion. They both have been involved in several bands such as “Wild Machine”, “Perfume”, “Sex-Rated”, ”Embrace Fire” and “Backstage Love” just to name a few and performed on a series of live events with great success supporting names such as “Skid row”, “Gilby Clarke”, “Tigertailz”, “Devildriver”, “DRI”, “Rotting Christ”, “Septic Flesh”, “Crash Diet” etc. Steve studied classical guitar at an early age. At the age of fourteen he started playing the piano with a view to improving his knowledge in music theory. At the same time, he was practising electric guitar and bass. It was only a matter of time before he wrote his own songs and began recording his ideas. That motivated him to study sound engineering and work on his mixing skills. He’s been mainly influenced by band such as Bon Jovi, Giant, Winger and more modern acts such as Nickelback, Sixx A.M. etc. Andy R. McCormick started studying piano and guitar, but soon stopped and took drum lessons at the age of 13. He played in numerous cover bands mainly in metal/rock genre. His main influences were Led Zeppelin, TOTO, Tower of Power, Steven Wilson just to name a few and definitely John Bonham, Jeff Porcaro, Tommy Lee, Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta, Gavin Harrison are still his main drum influences. In 2013, Steve and Andy got into the studio to start recording their debut album “Seize the Night”. Steve composed, produced and mixed all of the songs and the album was mastered by Chris Snyder at Online Stockholm Mastering. It was released in April 2014, digitally, along with a lyric video of the single “Seize the Night”. Later, Rain Or Shine released a video performing an acoustic version of the song “Believe”. The album was later re-released in physical form by Lions Pride Music in April 2018. It received great reviews by several blogs and webzines. In 2016, they once again got in the studio for the recordings of their second album called “The Darkest Part of Me”. Steve composed, arranged, produced and mixed the album for the following two years and it was finally mastered by John Mcris at Soundflakes Studios in June 2018.
Rain Or Shine are:
Steve S.R. – Vocals, guitar, bass,vocals and keyboards,
Andy R. McCormick – Drums
2019 brings the release of the third album by British rockers Blood Red Saints.
The album, released through AOR Heaven is entitled ‘Pulse’ on February 22nd, 2019 and sees the band modernising their sound whilst still retaining the big choruses. Guitarist Lee Revill is the man tasked with mixing and engineering the album as well as
co-producing alongside Pete Godfrey.
“Pulse” features 11 tracks all written by Revill/Godfrey and the album has a more contemporary edge, trying to push the boundaries of Melodic Rock. Songs such as “Cross to bear” and “Crash into me”, edge into radio friendly territory whilst “I’m your Devil” has a more raw punky feel. The title track “Pulse” is all about the chant and should be a great live number, “Animals” and “Message to God” being full on rockers.
The band says: “This album is more personal, dealing with life events of the past year but still maintaining a positive stance, everybody brought their best to this recording, no compromises, no excuses, simply the best 11 songs we could write and we are proud of the results, after all, without music and fun, what is there?”
AMRS APPROVED: 8.5/10
3. Cross To Bear
5. I’m Your Devil
6. Crash Into Me
8. Message To God
10. What Have We Become
11. Bring Me To Life
Hot on the heels of last year’s “Gothica”, UK hard rock stalwarts TEN/Gary Hughes are returning with a new album, “Illuminati”! The album promises to be one of the hallmarks of their 22+ years career, where fans will easily spot all the trademark textures and flavours they have come to expect from TEN, with a consistent and solid spark of creativity throughout. “Illuminati” continues to build upon the rich legacy that the great British rockers have established in their 20+ year career.
“Illuminati” is said to be an elite, secret organization of world leaders, business authorities, innovators, artists, and other influential members of the global society. A coalition that unites influencers of all political, religious, and geographical backgrounds to further the prosperity of the human species as a whole. The album “Illuminati” brings the band’s atmospheres and sounds and weaves them into a reel of mysteries, esoteric tales, and elaborate spells, evoking embers that spark the imagination courtesy of the classic songwriting of vocalist Gary Hughes.
Following the success of the recent string of albums, from “Albion” to “Gothica”, Hughes is joined once again by guitarists Dann Rosingana, Steve Grocott and John Halliwell along with bass player Steve McKenna, keyboard maestro Darrel Treece-Birch, and drummer Max Yates. On their fourth outing as a collective unit, the musicians in TEN have raised the bar even higher than they had previously. The album is full of stunning guitar work over a rich keyboard, bass, and drum tapestry with Hughes’ rich vocals once again bringing the nuances of the intricate lyrics to life.
“Illuminatii” 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.
Order here: http://radi.al/TenIlluminate
Song Samples: https://www.tenofficial.com/illuminati
1. Be As You Are Forever
2. Shield Wall
3. The Esoteric Ocean
5. Rosetta Stone
7. Heaven And The Holier-Than-Thou
10. Of Battles Lost And Won
Produced by: Gary Hughes
Gary Hughes (Vocals)
Dann Rosingana (Lead Guitars)
Steve Grocott (Lead Guitars)
John Halliwell (Rhythm Guitars)
Darrel Treece-Birch (Keyboards)
Steve McKenna (Bass)
Max Yates (Drums)
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Swedish heavy metal band LION’S SHARE is making a new five track EP available on streaming services and digital service providers today, September 28.
“EP” is the follow-up to 2009’s “Dark Hours” album and includes a re-recording of the LION’S SHARE classic “Sins Of A Father” – the opening track on the band’s self- titled debut from 1995.
“It was a blast to revisit the song together with Andy Loos (bass) and Kay Backlund (keyboards) who also did the original version with me back in the day. Sure brought back a lot of good and crazy memories.” LION’S SHARE guitarist Lars Chriss says.
The EP also features “Another Desire” and “The Lion’s Trial”, both previously only available as lyric videos.
LION’S SHARE lead singer Nils Patrik Johansson says: “Lars and I have always worked very well together, and at this point it feels the most natural to keep LION’S SHARE as a duo, with friends helping out wherever needed. We of course have Andy and Kay, but also my son Nils Fredrik Johansson helping out on drums. Actually it’s more or less the same team that did my solo album “Evil Deluxe” earlier this year when I think about it.”
“As a special bonus we included two Black Sabbath covers, live from the “Sweden Rock – Ronnie James Dio Tribute” in October 2010, where LION’S SHARE was the house band if you will with various guests coming up to do a song or two with us. It’s taken directly from the eight channel drum monitor mixer, so it’s 100% live without any chance to repair or edit. We think it captures the raw energy of the band in front of an absolutely brilliant crowd that night.” adds Lars.
LION’S SHARE “EP” tracklist:
1. Another Desire
2. The Lion’s Trial
3. Sins Of A Father (2018 re-recording)
4. The Mob Rules (Live from the Sweden Rock – Ronnie James Dio Tribute 2010)
5. Heaven And Hell (Live from the Sweden Rock – Ronnie James Dio Tribute 2010)
Feel free to add songs from the EP to your Spotify playlists: https://play.spotify.com/album/54rU13DsZupRyXVuyyjf3L
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Colombian melodic rock act SUPREMACY returns with their single “Sirius”, a studio track mixed and mastered by producer extraordinaire Jacob Hansen that also marks the studio debut of the renowned Brazilian singer Gus Monsanto (ex-Adagio, ex-Revolution Renaissance), who joined as their new lead singer in late 2017.