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German Hard Rock veterans DARK SKY return to the scene with a live CD/DVD digi-pak release entitled “Once”. The release is scheduled for August 18th, 2018 on Metalapolis Records. Please contact us with your requests for this band.

      

Founded as a school band in Rottweil/Germany in the early 80’s, DARK SKY was on the international map in the mid 90’s for the first time with the debut album „Believe It“, which had big success in Asia, especially in Malaysia. 2002 saw the release of the second album „Edge Of Time“, which brought them on the map in their home country as well. It was followed by „Living & Dying“ and „Empty Faces“, which showed the band from their harder side without losing their trademark melodies.

In 2012 they released „Initium“, a concept album, also produced (like the previous two) by producer Markus Teske (SYMPHONY X, VANDEN PLAS).

Due to personal circumstances, DARK SKY were not able to tour with this album, but they played a few shows here and there. One of them was a support gig in their hometown for the Swedish superstars EUROPE. This show was filmed and recorded for the band’s first live CD and DVD. The DVD only contains the show, while the CDs was extended with 6 new studio tracks. One of them is a cover of the Pia Zadora classic „When the Rain Begins To Fall“.

DARK SKY are better than ever and ready to hit the stage again. A tour as special guests for Swedish Melodic Rockers TREAT for November 2018 has been booked already!

Line-Up:

Frank Breuninger – vocals; Steffen Doll – guitars; Claudio Nobile – keyboards; Lutz Aicher – bass; Uwe Mayer – drums

Discography:

Believe It (2000), Edge Of Time (2002), Living & Dying (2005), Empty Faces (2008), Initium (2012), Once (2018)

Web: https://www.dark-sky.de

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DARK-SKY-202065189864652/

Label: www.facebook.com/MetalapolisRecords

German label AOR Heaven has extended their collaboration with Swedish Melodic Rock group TASTE who will release their second album “Moral Decay” on August 31st, 2018!

The PR for this release via Haulix will start tomorrow.

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TASTE was born on the day before New Year’s Eve 2009, when the two brothers, Christoffer and Felix Borg decided to make music together. The vision was to make classic 80s AOR, greatly inspired by FM, Giant and Strangeways.

Signing a deal with AOR Heaven, the self-titled album was released January 2013. The album received a lot of good reviews for their classic keyboard driven sound. After doing a few live performances the brothers joined ART NATION. During this time, Christoffer started study to become a music producer and they decided to leave TASTE aside until there was enough time to do it properly.

After a four year hiatus the brothers finally found the time to work together again. With a brand new single, ”We Are Back ”, released on their own, they signed a new deal with AOR Heaven, and in August 2018 they’ll release their highly anticipated second album, ” Moral Decay ”.

“Moral Decay” is recorded and mixed at Top Floor Studios, Gothenburg, by Christoffer Borg (Anthrax, Amaranthe, Danko Jones). The album is mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica).

TASTE:

Christoffer Borg - Vocals, Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Bass and Synth

Felix Borg - Drums, Bass, Clean & Acoustic Guitars and Synth

Social media:

www.facebook.com/tasteswe

www.youtube.com/tastewastaken

Discography:

Taste - Taste (2014)

Taste - Moral Decay (2018)

Soundfiles in advance:

TASTE - Alive (Edit)

TASTE - Dangerous (Edit)

TASTE - The Fire Inside (Edit)

Label: www.metalheaven.net

Press link: www.metalheaven.net/press

Swedish Hard Rock band FREE FROM SIN have extended their collaboration with PRIDE & JOY MUSIC and will release their second album entitled “II” on the German Metal label on July 20th, 2018!

The key information about this release is found below.

The album will be submitted to all contacts via Haulix on May 30th, 2018. Please make sure that you’ll have followed the Haulix instructions for the one-off opt-in process until then as we’ll be only able to send promo material from May 25th, 2018 to all media who officially will have had opted-in until then.

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Product: Free From Sin – II

Release date: July 20th, 2018

Label: Pride & Joy Music

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Free From Sin’s self-titled debut album was released in mid 2015.  After good sales, reviews and press feedback, the Swedish based group is now back with a vengeance and with a new record called “Free From Sin II”!

The band has added new band members to the line-up which resulted in a much darker & heavier sounding release in comparison to the first one. Free From Sin is again going back to basics, with a classical 5 piece line-up, with hammond organ, guitar, bass & drums together with aggressively vivid vocals and now is featuring Per Englund (ex-Blacksmith, vocals), Patrik Lämborg (guitars), Fredrik Strömberg (keyboards), Ulf Kronsell (bass) and Paul Ekdahl (drums).

There is a clear message and thought throughout the lyrics, this in combination with massive guitar riffs will for sure capture the listener's attention and mind...….cast the second stone!

With strong influences from Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Rainbow, Iron Maiden etc., Free From Sin is again merging these ingredients in riff- based songs together with a modern sound. “II” was again produced by Mankan Sedenberg with Free From Sin at Pama Studios, Sweden.

Line-up: Per Englund (vocals), Patrik Lämborg (guitars), Fredrik Strömberg (keyboards), Ulf Kronsell (bass), Paul Ekdahl (drums)

Web: www.freefromsin.net

Label: www.prideandjoy.de

Liebe Medienpartner,

wir freuen uns, kurzfristig ein spannendes Thema für den Bereich „Print-PR“ anbieten zu können. Das Label Bug Valley Records mit Vertrieb Alive veröffentlicht am 29.06.2018 das großartige, selbstbetitelte Debut der deutschen Classic Rocker HORSEFLY ROCKET aus Mannheim.  

Im Moment bemustern wir noch digital über Haulix. Voraussichtlich ab Ende nächster Woche sollten uns dann auch CDs vorliegen.

Das Video zur Vorab-Single „Never Again“ gibt’s hier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIx-TyqeK1g

Die nächsten Live-Konzerte:

18.05. D-Mannheim – Fermac’s Irish Pub

06.06. D-Mannheim – 7er Club (als Support von Phil Rudd Band)

07.06. D-Siegburg, Kubana (als Support von Phil Rudd Band)

Bitte schickt uns Eure Anfragen für dieses spannende Thema!


VÖ: Horsefly Rocket – s/t

Label: Bug Valley Records

Vertrieb: Alive

EVT: 29.06.2018

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Alles begann im Jahr 2012 als Kevin Holloway von einer musikalischen Truppe der in Mannheim stationierten US Army in einem großen Proberaumkomplex aufgrund deren Truppenabzug in die Heimat eine Tür weitergereicht wurde. Der damals 20-jährige Holloway überzeugte schon früh mit gesanglichen Qualitäten und einem kompromisslosen Rock n’ Roll-Lifestyle.

Er passte gut in die namenlose Formation der klassischen Rockbesetzung, welche sich auf Cover Songs der letzten Jahrzehnte  spezialisierte. Zusammen mit Gitarrist

Michael Fassl und Schlagzeuger Oliver Cors wurde ein Grundstein für Horsefly Rocket gelegt. Zeitliche Probleme der Mitmusiker ließen dieses Projekt aber erst einmal wieder einfrieren.

Nachdem sich Fassl ein halbes Jahr den Eigenkompositionen und Holloway den Textdichtungen widmete, wurde schnell klar, dass es mit geistigem Eigentum interessanter vorangeht als mit sinnlosem Zeitvertreib einer Top 40-Band.

Minderbemittelte Demoaufnahmen in der Vorratskammer von Fassls Wohnung wurden schnell gemacht, und die Chemie stimmte auch.

Bassist Florian Müller und Gitarrist Kai Bronner stießen zur Band hinzu, und regionale Gigs wurden gebucht. Allerdings kündigte zu diesem Zeitpunkt Sänger Holloway schon früh an, das Land Anfang 2013 aufgrund seines Musikstudiums an der Westküste der USA zu verlassen.

Ein herber Rückschlag für die in sich gut funktionierende Formation Horsefly Rocket. Die Suche nach einem neuen Sänger erwies sich schwieriger als erwartet und hielt über ein halbes Jahr an, bis Andreas Deigner, langjähriger Freund und früherer Bandkollege von Cors und Fassl nach einem Gig seine Ambitionen auf eine Zusammenarbeit mitteilte.

Er fügte sich schnell ein, und die regionale Musikszene um Mannheim und Heidelberg wurde klar gemacht. Allerdings gingen die Ambitionen der einzelnen Bandmitglieder danach in verschiedene Richtungen, wohlwissend, dass der nächste Schritt zur Professionalität mit einer Albumproduktion und viel Zeitaufwand bevorstand.

Nach ersten Aufnahmen in den Liner Studios in Walldorf zerbrach die Gruppe Mitte 2015 und die Albumproduktion wurde erst einmal vertagt.

Ende des Jahres kündigte Sänger Holloway seine Rückkehr aus den USA an, und Gitarrist Fassl und Bassist Müller machten sich auf die Suche nach Produzent und Studiomusikern um die Aufnahmen weiter voran zu treiben. Aufgrund der Tatsache, dass beide in einem großen Musikgeschäft in Walldorf arbeiteten und viele gute Musiker dort ihren Alltag verbringen, kam es schnell zu neuen Kontakten.

Als Schlagzeuger wurde Tobias Nessel  aktiviert, welcher nach drei Proben das komplette Album an zwei Abenden eintrommelte. Aufgenommen und produziert wurde das Werk von Marc Bennhausen in den Blue-Screen-Studios in Mannheim.

Im Jahr 2017 fand die Band mit Schlagzeuger Jonas Wickenhauser und Gitarrist Patrick Vetter zu ihrem jetzigen Line-Up. Die Bass-Parts werden von Holloway gespielt, der in der Vergangenheit bereits für einige Gigs die Gitarre übernahm.

Gespannt schaut man nun in das Rockuniversum und fragt sich wohin die Reise für Horsefly Rocket geht!

Facebook: @horseflyrocket

One of the UK’s leading Melodic Rock bands, DARE, will release their new album “Out Of The Silence II” on June 29th, 2018 via their own label Legend Records! Distribution will be again handled by ADA/Warner.

“Out Of the Silence” is one of the band’s numerous classics. For the 30th anniversary of this record, the group around singer Darren Wharton and guitarist Vinny Burns re-recorded all tracks with a rockier approach.

The PR for this release will start via Haulix on May 18th, 2018. Please send us your requests!


Release date: June 29, 2018

Label: Legend Records

Distributor: ADA/Warner

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DARE are probably best known for their singer/songwriter Darren Wharton (who first rose to fame in the early eighties playing keyboards with legendary Irish rock band Thin Lizzy). Today DARE are one of the most respected and innovative melodic rock bands on the AOR scene, and have gained cult status among AOR fans throughout Europe, the UK and the world. The band’s debut 1988 A&M album ‘Out Of The Silence’ recorded at Joni Mitchell’s Bel Air Studio in Los Angeles, and produced by Nickelback  producer Mike Shipley is still widely regarded today as one of the all time great AOR albums.

Darren joined Philip Lynott’s  Thin Lizzy  at the tender age of eighteen and enjoyed 5 great years with the band touring extensively, alongside  renowned guitarist Scott Gorham, drummer Brian Downey, guitarists Snowy White (Pink Floyd),  Gary Moore and John Sykes (Whitesnake).  Working closely with Philip Lynott, Darren also recorded classic Thin Lizzy albums, such as ‘Chinatown’, ‘Renegade’, and ‘Thunder and Lightning’ on which Wharton co-wrote 3 songs, including the hit single ‘The Sun Goes Down’.  Sadly, the latter was to be Thin Lizzy’s last studio album, and in 1986 Darren Wharton returned to his home town of Manchester where, as an outlet for his creative flare for song writing, working with young Oldham guitarist Vinny Burns, formed his own band, DARE.

Following the   debut ‘Out Of The Silence’, Dare’s second offering  was the explosive ‘Blood From Stone’ produced by Keith Olsen (Whitesnake, Scorpions).Sadly this was the last album recorded for A&M Records after the company was sold to Polygram in 1993.

In 1994, Thin Lizzy reformed and Wharton found himself back with his old friends Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, John Sykes and Marco Mendoza, playing to packed out audiences across the world.  But in 2000 Wharton decided to leave the Lizzy fold, and  turn his focus back to DARE

Now living in rugged mountains of North Wales, and working in his own studio, Wharton was soon back writing again. First album off the press was the majestic ‘Calm Before the Storm’.  Then followed releases Belief and Beneath The Shining Water, each of which gained BBC2 national radio coverage.  Arc Of The Dawn was to follow and featured Dare’s classic cover of Thin Lizzy’s Emerald, and was again playlisted on Planet Rock radio; Each album adding new dimensions to the unique sound that was now synonymous  with DARE.

By this time, Darren’s long time friend and original DARE guitarist Vinny Burns, was now firmly back in the band;  With Kev Whitehead on Drums, Blood from Stone’s Nigel Clutterbuck on bass, and Marc Roberts on live Keys  Dare’s lineup had never been stronger; and in 2016 DARE released their highly anticipated 7th studio album Sacred Ground.

Sacred Ground delighted Dare fans everywhere, and after receiving spectacular reviews for European and UK press, quickly topped the Amazon Rock Charts in four countries, reaching number #1 in the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy. After national chart success  in Sweden, DARE also reached new heights in America, hitting number #12 in the U.S. Amazon Rock charts, and number #2 in the Japanese International Imports charts.

Following  acclaimed live performances in the UK, Rockingham, London Roundhouse,  Germany’s  Rock Of Ages, Sweden Rock Festival, Spain, Athens, Norway, the band’s reputation grew from strength to strength,  reinstating Dare’s cult status in Europe and the UK and the world.  With the first single ‘On My Own’ being playlisted on Planet Rock Radio for over 3 months, the band once more found themselves back on top of the AOR Rock scene. 

Now 2018 promises to be another great chapter in the book of DARE, as the band celebrate their 30yr Anniversary with a Special Edition re-release of their debut classic album ‘Out Of The Silence’.   Out Of The Silence II has been completely re-recorded and in Wharton’s own words “has taken on a new life”.  Rockier and harder sounding than and the original version, this fresh new recording will set the stage for the bands European tour starting off  at London’s  Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the 18th May. With a brand new studio album set for 2019, it’s clear that DARE are back to stay, and ready to Rock!

Facebook: @darebandoffical

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