The mighty FM released the first single called “Waiting on love” out of their upcoming album “Thirteen” set for release on March 18th.
The new album from Autumn’s Child called “Zenith” is set for release on January 14th.
3. Love Is A Fighter,
5. Never Say Die,
6. Heaven Can Wait,
7. Angel Of Danger,
8. High On Love,
10. Don’t Wanna,
11. Damaged Goods
Mikael Erlandsson needs no further introduction when it comes to melodic rock.
He has released six successful solo albums and a lot of titles with groups like Phenomena, Salute among others. Between 2006-2018 Erlandsson fronted the Swedish super group Secret Service which he toured with live all over the world.
Together with the fantastic guitar player Andy Malecek from the successful German hard rock band Fair Warning he founded the band LAST AUTUMNS DREAM in 2003 which also featured Ian Haugland, Mic Michaeli and John Leven of Europe fame at the time. The self-titled debut album was produced by Claes Andreasson and became a great success.
Last Autumn’s Dream went on releasing another 14 albums with different line ups including great musicians like Jamie Borger (Treat) and Marcel Jacob (Talisman). They toured Japan, England and Germany but decided to take a break in 2018.
Shortly after, Erlandsson founded the group AUTUMN’S CHILD. Their self-titled debut album was released in January 2019 through AOR Heaven feat. Jona Tee on keyboards (H.E.A.T), Robban Bäck, former drummer of Eclipse and currently in the line-up with Swedish rock band Mustasch, Claes Andreasson of Swedish Westcoast/AOR band Heartbreak Radio who also produced the first Autumns Child album together with Mikael Erlandsson. Guitars come courtesy of Pontus Åkesson (Moon Safari). In 2020, the group released the sophomore album “Angel’s Gate”.
January 2022 sees Autumn’s Child returning with album 3, “Zenith”, this time via Pride & Joy Music, which once again features Michael Erlandsson on vocals, keyboards & guitars, Pontus Åkesson on lead guitar, Robban Bäck on drums, Claes Andreasson on piano and Magnus Rosen on bass. Guests include Jona T. (Heat) with a keyboard solo on “Emergency”, Sayit Dölen on rhythm guitar on “High On Love”, Martin Olsson on bass on “Angel Of Danger”, “Evangeline”, “Love Is A Fighter” & “Nightingale”, Anna-Mia Bonde on background vocals on “Emergency”, Rasmus Ehrnborn ( Soilwork, Night Flight Orchestra ) on guest guitar on the track ” Don’t Wanna ” and Roberth Nygren on acoustic guitar on “Heaven Can Wait”.
“Zenith” was produced by Erlandsson & Claes Andreasson, mixed and mastered by Mikael Andersson at Soundport Studios, Sweden; drums recorded by Mikael Andersson at Soundport Studios.
“Sail Away” is the new single clip released from Perpetual Etude featuring Göran Edman, out of their last album called “Now is the time”
The guitar heroism of the 80-s is back! Perpetual Etude was formed in 2019 by Magnus Mild with the sole goal to bring back the best of the heavy metal of the 80’s. Influenced by the genre when growing up, Magnus teamed up with members from NorthTale, Dionysys, Nation, Shadowquest as well as Göran Edman on “Sail Away” to complete the vision. The result is the best of a whole decade in the astounding debut “Now Is The Time”, an album filled with blazing guitar riffs, keyboard solos and catchy choruses.
Melodic Rocksters Kissin’ Dynamite released their last single “I’m coming home” on a clip available on YT, out of the new album called “Not the end of the road” set for release on January 21st from Napalm Records.
UK rock band CATS IN SPACE return in 2021 with their new single and music video for ‘LISTEN TO THE RADIO’, taken from their hit album ‘ATLANTIS’. Released on all digital platforms, plus CD via the webstore, this classic slice of ‘Power Pop’ is another surefire smash. With their trademark ‘wall of vocals and guitars’ sound set to stun, the tune will blast through the airwaves in a way only Cats In Space know how to.
The success of the album gathers pace as newfound fans overseas, and indeed on home turf have ensured the new album is by far their most successful to date already, with sales reaching record numbers inside the first 3 months of release.
So much so the album amazingly went ‘straight to No.1’ on the UK’s official breakers rock chart’ on it’s first week of release, and No.53 in the National album chart.
“Thanks to the incredible support of our fans and the live stream show we performed with ‘Better than Live’ before Christmas, 2020 was our most successful year in terms of sales despite the horrors of Covid-19. It has been yet another magical ride that is not stopping anytime soon”
The band are all poised and ready to hit the festivals this Summer, including two headline appearances, and their own headline tour in the Autumn. Plus there is some very exciting news yet to come on the ‘live shows front’, and more huge news for the Winter.
Yes 2021 is going to be another very busy year for the mighty CATS IN SPACE, so come ‘dive with us’ into a brighter future and get ready to rock.
CATS IN SPACE is:
DAMIEN EDWARDS (Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’) – Lead & backing vocals
GREG HART (Asia, Mike Oldfield, Moritz) – Guitars, acoustic guitars, vocals, tubular bells, Moog
STEEVI BACON – (Robin Trower) Drums, percussion, timpani, harmonica, whistles
ANDY STEWART (Moritz) – Piano, electric piano, synthesizers
DEAN HOWARD (Ian Gillan, Bad Company) – Guitars, slide guitar
JEFF BROWN – (Sweet) Bass guitars, vocals
The Cats’ Story so far…
CATS in SPACE have caused quite a stir since landing in 2015. With their unique sounds they will transport you back to the heady days of 70’s Classic Rock. Think loud guitars and huge drums, walls of soaring multi-layered vocal harmonies, grandiose pianos and unforgettable singable choruses. It’s purr-fect!
Touring with legendary rock giants Deep Purple, Status Quo & Thunder playing UK arenas, as well as Hyde Park with Phil Collins and Blondie, the Cats have accumulated an ever growing army of faithful fans, gaining exceptional live reviews along the way. From humble beginnings to performing at The Hammersmith Odeon, The London Palladium and the London O2 Arena, shows the extent of the orbital journey for these Cats so far…
They have released two critically acclaimed albums in ‘Too Many Gods’ (2015) and ‘Scarecrow’ (2017) which made the UK national top 30 chart and were voted top 10 in the ‘Planet Rock album review’ of 2017. Reviews worldwide were nothing short of incredible, in fact “breathtaking” as one reviewer put it!
A storming live album, ‘Cats Alive!’ (2018) was released on all formats including vinyl, to document the magnificent live performance the band delivered at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, thus cementing the Cats as front runners in the UK rock scene.
In 2019, after a year in the making, the Cats unleashed their boldest, biggest and most adventurous album yet, ‘Daytrip to Narnia’ – the reviews were astounding, the sales were staggering and in turn forced the normally reserved Rob Evans at ‘Powerplay Magazine’ to state… ‘Daytrip to Narnia – Their finest hour, most definitely the album of the year, possibly of the DECADE’.
The ‘Narnia Part 1 tour’ was a runaway success. Many called it “One of the best shows they had ever seen” and although lead vocalist Paul Manzi left the ship at the end of the tour to venture onto pastures new, it did not stop the band’s profile soaring even higher as they ventured into the UK theatres for the first time along with larger venues.
As Paul said farewell, a new cat wandered inquisitively into the bustling Starship and the team welcomed aboard the talented and unassuming Mark Pascall – a brand new vocalist to join the Cats for ‘Part 2’ of their journey. A new version of ‘September Rain’, from the ‘Scarecrow’ album was released as the band played the legendary London Palladium! Then, heading overseas for the first time to spread their 70’s rock vibe to a whole host of new Cat fans, the band stormed the HEAT festival in Germany before returning home for a triumphant UK Christmas tour in support of their hit ‘My Kind Of Christmas’. 2019 ended with an almighty festive bang – two tours, two albums and a timeless Christmas hit all inside 12 months. The year 2020 arrived, the saddest year for the planet in a while with Covid 19. The Cats decided to ‘boldly go forth’ and help bring much needed musical relief. They battened down the starship hatches and submerged into the depths of the ocean, hoping to find inspiration (and a new aquanaut vocalist, in the shape of the star of Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’ musical, the astonishing DAMIEN EDWARDS).
Rock duo Ledfoot & Ronni Le Tekrø have released a new single for ‘Shut Up‘, the song is taken from their new album “A Death Divine”, which will be out on October 2nd, 2020 via TBC Records.
“A Death Divine” is a meeting of giants between two unique guitarists, Ronni Le Tekrø and Ledfoot. It’s stadium rock in duo format.
Ronni Le Tekrø is best known for his unique playing style and as one of the founders of legendary TNT, and he has several times ranked as one of the world’s best guitarists regardless of genre. In addition to TNT, Ronni has released several solo albums and collaborated with a number of artists, including Terje Rypdal.
Ledfoot (Tim Scott McConnell) recently won Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy) in the blues class for his latest album ‘White Crow’. Leedfoot has developed his own playing style using a 12-string guitar with extra thick strings, steel plates and brass slide, often accompanied by stomp-box. In addition to four albums as Ledfoot, he has released several solo albums under his full name, played in The Havalinas, been covered by Bruce Springsteen (High Hopes) and played in the NRK series ‘Exit’.
Together they are Ledfoot & Ronni Le Tekrø, armed with a bunch of fantastic songs, a lot of guitars and the amplifiers set to 11 to blow you off the field.
1. Cold Lonely Night
2. This Town
3. High Time
4. A Death Divine
5. A Part Of Me
6. Shut Up
7. Imperfect World
8. Open The Door
Kansas released a lyric video for the new single “Memories Down the Line” taken from their upcoming album.
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.
Perris Records and SteelCity announce March 20th, 2020 as the
worldwide release date for the group’s new studio album, ‘Mach II’.
Band leader and guitarist Mike Floros states “While searching for a new record label to call our home, SteelCity was diligent in its quest. Our goal was to find someone with a worldwide distribution network, a strong belief in our music, and the dedication to share it with as many people as humanly possible. One name was on the lips of everyone we spoke with and that was Perris Records. We’re truly excited to call Perris home and look forward to a fantastic relationship.”
Video announcement by Mike Flores & Jason Cornwell at NAMM: https://youtu.be/2j0te76s_q0
Perris Records President Tom Mathers adds: “Mike contacted me about releasing “Mach II” and after hearing the music, I thought it was a perfect fit for Perris. This is a perfect followup to their last release ‘Fortress’. Fans will be blown away by the songs and quality of the recording for this melodic hard rock Masterpiece”
On January 2nd the band released this lyric video for ‘Hearts On Fire’, the
first single from ‘Mach II’ available here:
Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are excited to announce the digital release of “Higher“, first single taken from “Time To Be Heroes“, new studio album by Italian melodic rockers Saints Trade.
“Time To Be Heroes” is scheduled for release on December 13, 2019 via Art Of Melody Music / Burning Minds Music Group. A special personalized edition has been created by Outward Styles in a very limited quantity of 30 copies, and is available exclusively on the label’s online shop, Rock Temple. CD graphics have been designed by Aeglos Art (Wheels Of Fire, Raintimes, Michael Kratz, Alchemy, Firmo), while the CD booklet features introductory liner notes written by Vassilis Hassirtzoglou (Heavy Paradise). The release will be celebrated with an exclusive live event on December 20, 2019 @ Slaughter Club (Paderno Dugnano – MI / ITALY), during the first awaited edition of the “Rock Your Xmas Fest” (feat. Bonfire, Soul Seller & Wheels Of Fire).
01. Livin’ To Rock
02. Night Children
05. Two As One
06. Queen Of Love
07. Born Hunter (Not The Prey)
08. Hills Of Sarajevo
09. Twist In The Tail
10. The Rose
11. Middle Of Nowhere
Santi Libra: Vocals
Andrea Sangermano: Bass
Eleonora Mazzotti: Female vocals
Giacomo Calabria: Drums
Pier Mazzini: Keyboards
US glam rockers WILDSTREET have released their official music video for the new single ‘Three Way Ride‘, which is available today November 15th on all digital platforms.
Wildstreet began in 2006 and released their self-titled debut album in 2009 with Retrospect Records. The band spent the next 4 years touring nonstop and performing at US festivals including: Rocklahoma (5 consecutive years), SXSW and M3 Rock Festival. Wildstreet rocked alongside Black Veil Brides, Vains of Jenna, The Bouncing Souls, The Last Vegas, Twisted Sister, Michael Monroe, Crashdiet, Diemonds, Kix, LA Guns and more. The band won the Best Buy/Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands for Rockstar Energy’s Uproar Festival and opened for Avenged Sevenfold, Sevendust and Three Days Grace in Camden, NJ.
In 2011, the band released Wildstreet II..Faster..Louder! to widespread critical acclaim. They made an appearance on “The Jimmy Fallon Show” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT2Wpp7NkK8) and their songs were licensed to TV shows on E!, MTV, VH1, Oxygen, TBS and in a THQ video game. Later that year, the band released the official music video for “Poison Kiss,” which included a cameo by Don Jameson of “That Metal Show.” Wildstreet now had the attention of rock fans worldwide. In 2012, the band released the single “Easy Does It,” and it’s official music video. The video went viral on YouTube. (Wildstreet has well-over 4 million views and nearly 8,000 subscribers on that platform).
After taking a 2 1/2 year break off and dodging rumors of a band breakup, Wildstreet exploded back onto the NYC scene in 2016, headlining Gramercy Theatre with new lineup. In early 2017, the band rocked NYC with Faster Pussycat and The Biters, while also heading to Rocklahoma for the 6th time.
The band began work on their single “Raise Hell” shortly after Rocklahoma. Released in December of 2017, it ushered in a new period for the band. They headlined Irving Plaza for their release party and were handpicked by Dorothy to open for her New York City tour date at The Bowery Ballroom. In February of 2018, the band released a lyric/concert video for “Raise Hell.” Wildstreet spent the remainder of 2018 in the studio recording, Wildstreet III. They performed regional tour dates/festival dates. Highlights include opening for Sebastian Bach and Escape The Fate. In March, the band sold out The Knitting Factory Brooklyn and then headed out on their first tour in Europe, playing 10 shows in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany, including Sleaze Fest 2019 in Bochum, Germany. Upon returning to NYC, Wildstreet filmed the official music video for “Tennessee Cocaine.” In July, they headlined a sold out NYC show at Saint Vitus and headed out for a short West Coast tour which included stops at The Whisky-agogo and Great American Music Hall. The official music video and single for “Tennessee Cocaine” was released on all major digital and streaming platforms on August 23rd. It has 120,000 spotify streams and over 100,000 Youtube views.
Eric Jayk – Vocals, Guitar
Jimmie Marlowe – Guitar, Vocals
Jonny D – Bass, Vocals
Dom – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Lock – Drums, Vocals
UK rockers COLLATERAL have released a video called “Mr. BIG SHOT” out of their debut self titled album set for release on FEB. 21st 2020.
The album can be preordered HERE.
The release of the album will be followed by a UK Tour as Special guests to Jared James Nichols.
2020 UK Tour dates – Special guests to Jared James Nichols.
25.2 – The Robin, Bilston
26.2 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
27.2 – Yardbirds, Grimsby
28.2 – Think Tank, Newcastle
29.2 – G2, Glasgow
1.3 – Crawfurd Arms, Milton Keynes
27.3 – Soup Kitchen, Manchester
28.3 – The Dome, London
29.3 – Bristol Exchange, Bristol
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.
After the re-issue of the classic album “One” in October 2019, November sees the release of the first collaboration between Carl and Robert Boebel, a long-time stalwart on the German music scene with bands like Frontline and Phantom V, among many. The result is the new release, Carl Dixon UNBROKEN, a powerfully sung and performed album that reaches the heights of AOR Melodic Rock. Memorable hooks, strong melodies, great guitar playing and production, and drumming performed by Mark Santer (Santers) and newcomer Dylan Gowan (Vesperia, Cardinal Street).
Track List: 1. Can’t Love A Memory, 2. Bowl Me Over, 3. Nothing Lasts Forever, 4. Every Step Of The Way, 5. Summer Nights, 6. All My Love And Hopes For You, 7. This Isn’t The End, 8. Drive Just Drive, 9. Roll The Dice, 10. Keep The Faith, 11. Unbroken
Melodic Rockers STATION have released the first single “A Matter of Time” out of their upcoming album called “Stained Glass” set for release on November 1st.
1. A Matter of Time
3. Never Enough
4. I See You Everywhere
6. Nothin’ But Love
7. Still Here
8. Burning Out Fast
9. I Need You Red
10. Stained Glass
11. All You Need Is A Heartbeat
Produced by STATION
All songs engineered by Emi Asta, Chris Lane, Anthony Lopardo, and Ray Marte, except for “Never Enough” and “All You Need Is A Heartbeat,” engineered by Ayad Al Adhamy and Joel Witenberg
Mixed by Emi Asta
Mastered by Ray Marte at Westfall Recording Company
Recorded at Bluebird Studios, Westfall Recording Company, Tone House Studios and Diamond City Studio
Art Direction: Crista Hartis
Photography: Tesha Lane and Steven Lane
Art Concept: Patrick Kearney and Chris Lane
- God Damn.
- A Song About Drinking.
- The First Time.
- That’s My Girl.
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
01 HANDLE WITH CARE
02 EVERY MAN I USED TO BE
03 TAKE ME AWAY
04 ROAD WE TRAVEL ON
05 LOSING GROUND
06 THE BEST IS 4 FREE
07 DARK IN MY EYES
08 WE CAN STAY (FOR TONITE)
09 SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES
10 ALL THE THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW
DALE SANDERS : lead & backing vocals, acoustic &
PAOLO BOTTESCHI: drums
EDOARDO GIOVANELLI: bass
MARIO PERCUDANI: backing vocals, programming,
acoustic guitar on #1, guitar solos trade off on #2
DARIO FOSCHETTI: drums on #3/#4/#6
STEFANO SCOLA: bass on #3/#4/#6
JOSH ZIGHETTI: backing vocals on #1/#9, co-lead vocals
PAOLO APOLLO NEGRI: Hammond, piano, Wurlitzer,
synthesizers on #3/#4/#5/#7/#8
GIULIO GARGHENTINI: backing vocals on #4
NICOLE FODRITTO: backing and co-lead vocals on
#3/#5, backing vocals on #10
ALESSANDRO MORO: sax on #8
Produced by Mario Percudani, executive producers:
Dale Sanders and Tanzan Music. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Tanzan Music Studio by Mario Percudani and Daniele Mandelli.
Publishing: Tanzan Music Ed. Musicali s.r.l. (SUISA – Switzerland) Copyright ©2018 Tanzan Music
“Handle With Care” is a nice mix of FM driving rock, americana, blues and new country
music blended together with great personal touch and delivering a good bunch of guitar
driven tunes and heart-melting ballads all dressed up with those classic powerful tube
tones, groove, very personal lyrics and great melodies!
Dale is a dreamy small city boy, born in Italy, class of 1981. His deep love affair with rock
music started when he was only 9. Spending his teens as an avid rock albums eater, at 17
he decided it was about time to have an actual role in the music scene so he picked up his first guitar and learned how to rock it playing along to his favorite records. The first bands then arrived bringing the chance to start writing original songs, developing his songwriter skills, love for deep lyrical content and building a huge live stage attitude. 18 years have then passed by playing in several bands, writing countless songs, gigging around Europe and growing either as a guitar player, a singer and songwriter. Now in 2018, with the precious help of producer extraordinaire Mario Percudani, he has the chance to fulfill his longtime dream and finally become a solo artist, presenting to the world his debut album “Handle With Care”, a romantic and sincere rock retrospective over what happened in his not-so-quite life during the last years plus his shared vision on today’s world. The first step of many to come!
The wait is over, KENNY LECKREMO (ex H.E.A.T) is back with a New SOLO album called “Kenny Leckremo’s SPECTRA” set for release on OCTOBER 19th.
The first single out of the album called “10 years” it’s already out and available in all major platforms. (check for more HERE).
German metallers HEAVEN’s TRAIL will release their debut album called “Lethal Mind” via Escape Music on October 26th.
1 Lethal Mind (4.39)
2 Too Late (4.37)
3 Changes (5.03)
4 Carousel (4.35)
5 Feed my Soul (4.51)
6 On The Rise (4.28)
7 The Flame (4.59)
8 Walking in the shadows (5.28)
9 Voodoo (4.14)
10 King of Pain (3.44)
11 Simplified (4.25)
Heaven’s Trail is a brand new German Metal / Rock band formed by ex-Jaded Heart member Barish Kepic. Also in the line-up is another Jaded Heart member Michael Muller. These two respected musicians are joined by Masterplan members Kevin Kott on Drums and Vocalist Rick Altzi. So here we have an exciting new band that are made up of two of Germany’s finest Metal / Rock Bands. Barish Kepic is the principal songwriter and has arranged and produced all the songs on this exciting new album. With Brian Anthony twiddling the knobs then we are in for a real treat.
Their music is very powerful and hits home with great melodies and fantastic musicianship. Why not check out the video of “On the Rise” on you tube and get a taste of what these guys are all about. Make a date in your diary for October when this exciting album will be released, you won’t be disappointed.
Heaven’s Trail is:
Rick Altzi – Vocals (Masterplan, ex At Vance)
Barish Kepic – Guitars and Keyboards (ex-Jaded Heart, Powerworld, and Evidence One)
Michael Muller – Bass (Jaded Heart, ex-Mad Max)
Kevin Kott – Drums (Masterplan, ex At Vance)
Produced by Barish Kepic
Mixed and Mastered by Brian Anthony
Executive Producer Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.
Hank Erix is the frontman of the Swedish AOR band HOUSTON. A band that have been a bright star in the AOR / Melodic rock sky over their last five releases. The band received the best AOR album 2010 accolade in Classic Rock Magazine and have appeared on several impressive festivals throughout Europe such as Sweden Rock and Download festival. Over almost a decade with HOUSTON, Hank Erix has made quite a name for himself in the melodic rock world and it’s finally time for the release of his solo debut ‘Nothing but Trouble’.
The album features songs that has been marinating for years and sees the band leader of HOUSTON taking a bold step forward from the expected Houston sound and sees Hank flexing his more hard rocking muscles. Tagging along with Hank Erix on this 1700cc motorcycle ride of an album are members of Therion, Degreed, Art Nation, Wildness, Kryptonite , Palace, Gutterdämerung & Adrenaline Rush.
From the opening hook-filled but hard-hitting riffola of opener ‘Turn To Darkness’ through to the brooding and Dokken-esque first single ‘Fortune Hunter’ and the final salvo of ‘For The Restless and Young’, Hank shows a darker and heavier edge while the trademark melody always remains.
As Hank reveals “they say that life is not about being who you are; it’s about becoming who you want to be. After almost a decade with Houston I’ve learned a lot about myself and the music that I love. These songs are me, all me, singing my heart out for the world to hear and this album has been a dream of mine, something to cross off the bucket list if you will”
1. Turn To Darkness
2. Last Chance To Love
3. Fortune Hunter
4. Way To Go
6. Affair Of The Heart
9. Giving Up On Love
10. For The Restless & The Young
Hank Erix – Lead & Backing vocals
Michael Palace – Lead Guitars & Backing vocals
Soufian Ma’Aoui – Bass
Daniel Johansson – Rhythm Guitars
Mats Ericsson – Drums
Micke Jansson – Keyboard / Synth
Linnea Vikström – Lead vocals & Backing vocals on ‘Affair Of The Heart’
Alexander Hagman – Lead guitar on ‘Affair Of The Heart’
Sam Söderlind – Guitar solo on ‘Last Chance To Love’
Michael Palace – Additional guitars on ‘Last Chance To Love’
Victor Lundberg – Backing vocals on ‘Shadowdance’
AMRS APPROVED 9.5/10