Dear media partners,
we herewith would like to inform you that due to the Corona crisis, some of our PR clients/ label partners have decided to postpone the release dates for some of their next releases.
This currently applies for the following titles in all physical and all digital formats:
Captain Black Beard – Sonic Forces (AOR Heaven) (old release date: April 24th, 2020 ---> new release date: May 15th, 2020)
Stoneflower – Finally (AOR Heaven) (old release date: April 24th, 2020 ---> new release date: May 15th, 2020)
DeVicious – Phase Three (Metalapolis Records) (old release date: April 17th, 2020 ---> new release date: May 8th, 2020)
Print/ online media: please, try – if possible – to publish the reviews/interviews for these titles 3-4 weeks later as originally planned and as close as possible to the new release dates.
Radio: please, also try to move airplay for tracks from these albums as close to the new release dates as possible.
We will keep you informed about updates and further changes on these (and maybe more releases later on) depending on how the Corona situation will develop.
Stay safe everyone!
This month with news from Captain Black Beard, Stoneflower & Arkado!
::: CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD join the AOR Heaven roster; “Sonic Forces” set for release on April 24th, 2020!“
Captain Black Beard made their live debut in Stockholm, Sweden on the 31st October 2009 and released their self-titled album in May 2011. Hailed by the press all over the world, so much it was called one of the "albums of the year” by legendary journalist Geoff Barton of Classic Rock Magazine.
After shows in America and the UK, most of 2013 was spent working on the second album "Before Plastic" which was released in May 2014. The band also made a return to the UK playing the Hard Rock Hell Festival and opening for Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, MSG). This album also got great reviews and featured a guest appearance by Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad).
In February 2015, Captain Black Beard entered the studio with producer Chips Kiesbye (Hellacopters, Bonafide). They also toured Scandinavia as support act to Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen), Robin Beck and House Of Lords. “It's A Mouthful" was released in March 2016 and the tour started with a comeback to the Hard Rock Hell Festival as well as - again - supporting Joe Lynn Turner. By the end of the year the group amicably parted ways with singer Sakaria Björklund.
In 2017 a "new" Captain Black Beard entered the studio to record with producer Jona Tee (keyboardist in H.e.a.t) and in April 2018, "Struck By Lightning" was released to rave reviews. This line-up would however be short-lived and tour dates following the release featured the amazing Linnea Vikström (Therion) as temporary lead vocalist.
In early 2019 the band brought in singer Martin Holsner for a co-headlining tour with Osukaru throughout Germany and started to work on a new album with producer Dave Dalone (guitarist in H.e.a.t) which led to the band completely reinventing themselves in time for their 10th anniversary.
Following a bombastic start of 2020 supporting Geoff Tate on tour, Captain Black Beard are proud to bring out their “Sonic Forces” this coming April. The album was recorded at Yardstreet Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.
Live: April 25th, Musikens Hus - Göteborg, SWE; May 22nd, Harry B James - Stockholm, SWE; May 23rd, Björnes - Örebro, SWE
Line-up: Christian Ek – guitar, Martin Holsner – vocals, Robert Majd – bass, Vinnie Stromberg - drums
Headlights (Official Video): https://youtu.be/AJayawuWijk
Release date “Sonic Forces”: April 24th, 2020
Haulix: will be send on Friday, March 6th
::: STONEFLOWER sign to AOR Heaven; new album “Finally” to be released on April 24th, 2020! :::
Having released one album with Diesel Dahl (d, TNT), Tom Sennerud (g), Frode Henriksen (v) and Jon Johannessen (g) decided to form a band on their own in 1996: STONEFLOWER. The Norwegians were soon joined by Svenn Huneide (b). They decided to hire experienced drummer Steinar Krokstad (STAGE DOLLS) and Dag Bårdstu (keys) to create the best result. The debut “Crack A Little Smile” was finally released on the small label Storyteller Records in 2003 and sold world-wide via AOR Heaven’s mailorder. A video for the track “If You Say” was released feat. Geir Johnny Huneide (d). Then, Johannessen left group in 2005.
When singer Frode Henriksen moved to a different part of the country after 2010, the band split up. Tom felt that the album already in progress was too good to let go, so he started finishing the album on his own. “Destination Anywhere” was released on his own label, Late Night Music. It received highly critical acclaim, like “best AOR album 2014” (Sweden Rock Magazine).
After the positive feedback, members Tom and Svenn decided to reignite the band with a new singer. By sheer luck they found the amazingly talented John Masaki (“Norwegian Idol“). The first track recorded included one of the most famous and gifted Norwegian drummers, Per Hillestad (LAVA, A-HA,) but the band soon decided to go for a full-time member and the talented and AOR-loving Geir Johnny Huneide (brother to Svenn) got the job. Geir then recorded the rest of the album with Steinar Krokstad (STAGE DOLLS) guesting on one track. STONEFLOWER this time signed a record deal with AOR Heaven. “Finally” was mainly recorded in Tom’s own studio “Late Night Music“. Some drums were recorded at Leif Johansen’s (21 GUNS, PHENOMENA, A-HA) “Stable Studio“. Guests on “Finally” are Per Hillestad (d), premium Swedish AOR guitarist, Tommy Denander (PAUL STANLEY, ALICE COOPER), Bjørn Ole Rasch (keys, SECRET GARDEN) and Gunnar Westlie (g, DA VINCI). Mixed by Trond Engebretsen and Tom Sennerud, mastered by JK Northrup (KING KOBRA).
Line-up: John Masaki – Vocals; Svenn Huneide - Bass, Vocals; Tom Sennerud - Guitars, keys, vocals; Geir Johnny Huneide - Drums
Gonna Let You Go (Official Video): https://youtu.be/xgwIbjLZrnQ
Release date “Finally”: April 24th, 2020
Haulix: will be send on Friday, March 6th
::: New video clip from ARKADO out now!” :::
Swedish Melodic Rock ARKADO released a new video clip for the track “Don’t Rape The Nature” earlier this week.
Check out the clip here: https://youtu.be/vRnaGZJPqkI
Their debut album “Never Say Never” will be released on March 27th and still is available for press & radio for download from Haulix.
Release date: March 27th, 2020
Haulix: still available
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Press material for all releases: www.metalheaven.net/press
PRIDE & JOY MUSIC are happy to announce the world-wide signing of Canadian Epic Metal band OPERUS! Their new album "Score Of Nightmares" is set for release on June 19th, 2020!
Check out the band's most recent video for the track "La Llorona" on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/zoppJ8mGw6Y
A remixed version of this track will appear on the coming album. The track list is: 1) Overture of Madness, 2) Phantasia, 3) Lost, 4) Dance With Fire, 5) Echoes, 6) Where Falcons Fly, 7) Nightmares, 8) Book of Shadows, 9) The Mirror, 10) Ruin, 11) La Llorona
OPERUS' world class performance style is a cross breed of a metal band with a travelling theatre troupe that come together to produce a unique sound and thrilling live show.
Formed by six professional musicians, OPERUS' depth comes from the vast musical experience each member brings with them. From extensive studio time, to worldwide performances in metal bands, Symphonic/chamber orchestras and the stages of musical theatre. OPERUS has come for all metalheads and music lovers around the globe.
The combined musical knowledge in OPERUS comes from decades of intense dedication to music with University and Masters Degrees, Royal Conservatory of Music certifications and first-hand experience from performing live across North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
These experiences from the band members include well known ensembles such as Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Robin Howe), Annihilator (Oscar Rangel), Vital Remains (Dean Paul Arnold), Skull Fist (J.J. Tartaglia), Eclipse Eternal (Wojciech Sokolowski), and leading roles in professional theatrical productions such as Jukebox Hero and Beauty & the Beast (David Michael Moote).
OPERUS has brought their world class performance to such great stages as Wacken in Germany and Force Fest in Mexico in addition to opening for power metal heavy hitters Sonata Arctica and the Rhapsody Reunion Tour.
In 2015 OPERUS recorded and produced their debut EP, “Opus I”, which was followed by their debut full length album "Cenotaph" recorded at Silverwings Studios, Montreal in early 2017. Cenotaph was released worldwide on October 13, 2017 through Dark Star Records in Association with MVD Entertainment and Sony Music.
Right in time for their tour with Semblant in April, Italian Heavy Metal band SECRET RULE’s new and fifth album in total, “Against”, was released on Friday last week via Pride & Joy Music!
In support of “Against”, the band also has released two video clips to promote. The video for the track “Purgatory” now has crossed the 100.000 plays mark and can be watched here:
The second video, this time for the track “Shades Of Humanity” is found at the following URL: https://youtu.be/WrIF4mvxj9M
Some press feedback:
“An album suitable for fans of the lesser progressive Nightwish and Kamelot!” (Rock Hard, DE)
“All the elements of melody and dynamics are there in a grandiose collection of songs and it would be a miss not to alert the hoards of fans of Evanescence and Within Temptation to Secret Rule’s “on the same class” page.” (Power Play, UK)
“The Italians have developed significantly since the last production.” (powermetal.de)
“From the first couple of seconds of this album, I could tell I was going to like it. However, I was wrong, I did not just like it. I loved it!” (Über Rock, UK)
“More electronical elements, more power & more own identity! Great performance!” (myrevelations.de)
““This is no ordinary concept album, i found its hypotheses a combination of human condition and that of the celestial, challenged on an unknown passage as cyber slaves.” (Rock Poser, UK)
“SECRET RULE is a damn good band!” (Hard Rock, SE)
“’Against’ is an excellent modern symphonic metal album which gives us songs with a dark style, with fast, heavy, forceful, energetic, romantic, and direct musical notes!” (Darkzen, MEX)
“Everyone who liked the band’s previous records, can buy this one blind!” (Crossfire, DE)
“Imagine a fusion of the best elements of Evanescence, Nightwish, Trivium, old elements from The Gathering with hard rock/heavy elements, and the listener can have an idea of what is expecting on this album. And the band shows an amazing flow of energy on each song.” (Metal Temple, GR)
“So, the question here is what we are going to hear from Secret Rule's newest effort? The answer is simple: modern melodic metal stuff with powerful performances, tons of melodies and some killer songs. For me, Secret Rule is one of the best new bands in this particular scene.” (Heavy Paradise, GR)
SECRET RULE are a busy live band – catch them on one or more of the following dates soon:
SECRET RULE (as support for Semblant)
02.04. BE-Namur, Belvedere
03.04. NL-Rotterdam, Baroeg
04.04. FR-Paris, La Boule Noire
05.04. D-Weinheim, Café Central
06.04. UK-London, The Underworld Camden
09.04. P-Lisboa,RCA CLUB
10.04. E-Madrid, Nazca Music Live
11.04. E-Barcelona, Razzmatazz 3
12.04. F-Lyon, Rock N Eat
13.04. CH-St. Maurice, Le Manoir Pub
14.04. CH-Pratteln, Konzertfabrik Z7
15.04. D-Berlin, Musik & Frieden
16.04. PL, Klub Zaścianek
17.04.SK-Bratislava, Randal Club
18.04. I-Rome, Traffic Live
SECRET RULE (with supports: Akoma & Oversense)
02.06. UK-Manchester, Rebellion
03.06. UK-London, Nambucca
04.06. UK-Newcastle, Trillions
05.06. UK- Swansea, Hangar 18
06.06. UK-Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon
07.06. UK-Norwich, The Brickmakers
More about SECRET RULE:
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Aussie Theatrical Glam rock Warriors CROSSON, show us their tongue-in-cheek side with the release their new video ‘ Weak At The Knees ( For A Hot Brunette!!) ’. Shot in Sydney, Australia, the video features a guest appearance by dazzling Australian/ Portuguese model Paulina Roxo.
Crosson vocalist, writer and producer Jason Crosson says about the song: “With so many songs about blondes, it was about time all the brunettes around the world were celebrated!”
Check out the video here:
Weak At The Knees ( For A Hot Brunette!!) ’ is the second single for the new CROSSON album Rock N Roll Love Affair which comes crash landing from the stratosphere on 27 March 2020 through Melodic Rock Records.
Be sure to catch CROSSON on tour in February and March 2020 with Crazy Lixx, Reckless Love, Enuff Z Nuff & Ron Keel.
The album is available for press & radio based in Europe via Haulix through us! Jason Crosson also is available for interviews as well!