This month with news from: Wake The Nations, Trishula & Peter H. Nilsson
:::WAKE THE NATIONS chart with "Heartrock" in Finland's physical sales chart on #6 in the first week!:::
"Heartrock" is the Finnish band's second album which was recorded and written in cooperation with some of the best melodic hard rock professionals in Scandinavia during the years 2016-2018 including gurus such as Sören Kronqvist (Joe-Lynn Turner/One Desire) and Thomas Wikström (Therion), mixing and mastering was conducted by the almighty Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse/W.E.T.), producers include Ilkka Wirtanen (Reckless Love/The Nights). The end result being a solid yet diverse melodic AOR album with stadium rock sounds, a hint of the 80’s, and interesting stories of life and love.
Krister Stenbom - vocals
Risto Tuominen – guitar, keys & backing vocals
Janne “Gekko” Granfors – bass
Jori “Jorge” Tojander - keys
Tuomas Pelli – drums
Video clip for “Tattooed Girl”: https://youtu.be/CGJX0D_1x7o
The album is available on CD & digital in all fine Rock stores now!
::: UK guitarist Neil Fraser returns with his new band TRISHULA on March 29! :::
British band ‘Trishula’ is the brain child of UK Guitarist Neil Fraser and was born out of Neil’s work on his first solo project which started in 2015. In the mid eighties Neil played in a number of local rock bands from the Staffordshire area of England, and achievements during this time included gaining airplay on Radio Luxembourg with a track called ‘Poltergeist’, along with securing support slots with bands such as eighties glam rock band ‘Wrathchild’ who were gaining lots of attention at the time. Since the late nineties Neil has played, toured and/or recorded with bands and artists such as TEN, Rage of Angels, Tony Mills (TNT, SHY). During his time with the band Rage of Angels, Neil had worked alongside Welsh vocalist Jason Morgan and Portuguese drummer Joao Colaco, so when forming ‘Trishula’, Jason and Joao were Neil’s first choice to complete the lineup for recording the album.
The bands debut album ‘Scared To Breathe’ was initially recorded in Neil’s home studio (Farmyard Studios), demo vocals were recorded in various locations in Wales, with final vocal recordings being captured at M2 Madhat Studios (Magnum) under the watchful eye of Sheena Sear, additional keyboards were also added at M2 Studios by Magnum Keyboard player Rick Benton, drums were recorded in Black Sheep Studios in Portugal, with final mixing and mastering was also being undertaken by Sheena Sear and Mark Stuart at M2 Studios.
Check out the video "Scared To Breathe" in advance: https://youtu.be/imjierhjfE
Tracklist: 1. I can see it in your eyes, 2. Scared to breathe, 3. A thousand pieces, 4. Secrets & lies, 5. I never cried, 6. Homeland, 7. Don’t let go, 8. A love so cruel, 9. Magnetic memories, 10. Jealousy, 11. For a friend (Instrumental)
Soundfiles in advance:
::: Swedish guitarist Peter H. Nilsson debuts with his “Little American Dream” on AOR Heaven on March 29!”
Swedish guitar player Peter H Nilsson has been in the musical business for many years in different bands in and extensive touring in his home country. In 2016 Nilsson started to work in his studio tracking new ideas for an album and in June 2017 all songs were done.
Nilsson was at the same time looking for a singer and found what he was looking for via the world’s leading music production marketplace Soundbetter: Chris Biano from Nashville, Tennessee and started to discuss
the possibility to work together and finally, in July 2017 the first song was tracked.
At the end of 2017 the majority of all songs were ready but the guitar player felt that the tracks needed something extra. He then started to look for a drummer on Soundbetter and soon found session drummer Jason Meekins from Austin, Texas who was recruited for the album in January 2018. long-time friend and bass player Patrik Adiels from Gothenburg joined for the album in early 2018.
Thomas “Plec” Johansson started to mix the record, which is called “Little American Dream”, in September 2018 at his Panic Room Studios in Skövde, Sweden where the record also was mastered.
All songs written by: Peter H Nilsson and Chris Biano
Peter H Nilsson: Guitars, Keyboards
Chris Biano: Vocals
Jason Meekins: Drums
Patrik Adiels: Bass
Tracklist: 1. You Better Run, 2. Me And You 3. Am I Dreaming 4. Timeless 5:20 5. Little American Dream
6. Haunted 7. Love Is Worth Fighting For 8. Rumours 9. Magic
Soundfiles in advance:
Today is release day for the first DeVicious single ‘Long Way Home’ taken from their forthcoming album ‘Reflections’. The album will be released worldwide March 1st on Metalapolis Records. ‘Long Way Home’ perfectly shows that ‘Reflections’ is not just a copy of their debut album “Never Say Never”. The new album contains more riffing, more rhythm and more punch without losing focus on the melodies and the DeVicious trademarks. Check out the video at this link: https://youtu.be/Z3n0ckAFmjs
And don’t miss them live on stage with Ammunition:
01.03.2019 – Karlsruhe (GER) – Unverschämt
02.03.2019 – Mörlenbach (GER) – Live Music Hall
03.03.2019 – Ludwigsburg (GER) – Rockfabrik
04.03.2019 – München (GER) – Feierwerk-Orangehouse
07.03.2019 – Duisburg (GER) – Steinbruch
08.03.2019 – Dessau (GER) – Grüner Baum
09.03.2019 – Flensburg (GER) – Roxy
22.03.2019 - Oslo (NOR) - Vulkan Arena
DeVicious festival appearances:
27.04.2019 – Marktwald (GER) – Rock & Loc Festival
13.09.2019 – Hamburg (GER) – Indoor Summer Festival
30.11./01.12.2019 – Ludwigsburg (GER) – H.E.A.T. Festival
Connect with DeVicious here:
The Swedish melodic progressive metal band DARKWATER just released a music video for "Alive (Pt. II)", the first single from their new album "Human".
Link to the music video: https://youtu.be/EDYtk6SYkJ8
"We are thrilled to present the first single and music video from our new album "Human"! Our hope is that "Alive" will be a reminder for everyone that we can always break the silence, no matter what we're told. Life is worth fighting for."
"Human" will be released on March 1st via Ulterium Records. The album will be available on CD, 2LP and digital.
"Human" won't leave fans of melodic metal or progressive metal disappointed. The songs are heavier, more melodic and atmospheric than before and the band worked really hard on tweaking the ten songs and over 76 minutes of playing time into perfection. Jacob Hansen (Evergrey, Volbeat, Amaranthe) was chosen to mix and master the album and he did a fantastic job which resulted in the best sounding Darkwater album to date.
The lyrics of the album welcomes you into a world of you and me, how we affect the world around us and the struggles we deal with as humans.
Don't miss out on "Human", a perfect album for fans of melodic progressive metal and bands like Circus Maximus, Seventh Wonder and Evergrey!
"Human" track listing
- A New Beginning
- In Front Of You
- Alive (Part I)
- Alive (Part II)
- Reflection Of A Mind
- The Journey
- Turning Pages
- Light Of Dawn
"Human" artwork: http://www.ulterium-records.com/promo/dw_human.jpg
Darkwater band photo: http://www.ulterium-records.com/promo/darkwater2019.jpg
Ulterium Records online
For German version, scroll down!
American Classic Rock band PAVLOV’s DOG successfully has completed their most recent European tour! A live video clip for the new track “Paris” was recorded at the sold out show in Ghent, Belgium on November 14th, 2018 and is now available on Youtube via thins link:
The band’s current album “Prodigal Dreamer” was released via Rockville Music/ Soulfood on December 7th, 2018 world-wide and so far has received amazing feedback from the press.
Here come some excerpts:
"Damned close to Pampered Menial. Feels like listening to band classics." (Eclipsed, Germany, Best Album 12/2018)
"Genious masterpiece that one can't stop listening to" (Breakout, Germany, cover story & "Hall of Fame" award)
"As inspiring as always. Timeless classic rock with progressive aspiration on highest level." (Musix, Germany)
"Thrilling as always. Mesmerized the listener deeply." (Musikatlas, Austria)
"Prodigal Dreamer deserves a bigger audience than just the die-hard fans." (Good Times, Germany)
"On same level like the iconic 70ies classics." (Betreutesproggen.de, Germany)
„Very sophisticated songs that pour their charm in the details. Terrific spirited mood.“ (Classic Rock, Germany)
„A one-of-a-kind melange of Classic Rock, Progressive and Folk that gives the creeps and delves the listener into affecting emotions. Recorded with room-miking for a perfect sound.“ (Rock Hard, Germany)
"A masterpiece's lasting breath. Convincing by an intense and authentic atmosphere. Wonderful-magical Pavlov's Dog spirit." (Rocks Magazine, Germany, 8/10 points)
"What an opus! Prodigal Dreamer at least keeps the standards of the first two Pavlov's Dog records." (Rolling Stone Forum, Germany
Die amerikanische Classic Rock-Band PAVLOV’S DOG hat mittlerweile ihre Europa-Tour erfolgreich absolviert. Im Rahmen der ausverkauften Show im belgischen Gent wurde am 14.011.2018 für das Lied „Paris“ ein Live-Video mitgefilmt, welches nun auf Youtube bereit steht:
Das aktuelle Album der Formation, „Prodigal Dreamer“, erschien am 07.12.2018 weltweit über Rockville Music/Soulfood und erzielte bis dato herausragendes Feedback in der Presse.
Hier kommen einige Auszüge:
„Verdammt nahe an Pampered Menial. Als würde man Bandklassikern lauschen.“ (Eclipsed, Deutschland, Album des Monats)
„Geniales Meisterwerk, das einen nicht mehr loslässt“ (Breakout, Deutschland, Titelstory und Hall of Fame)
„Der lange Atem eines Meisterwerks. Besticht durch eine intime, authentische Atmosphäre. Wundersam-zauberhafter Pavlov's Dog Flair.“ (Rocks, Deutschland, 8/10 Punkten)
„Heute genauso inspirierend wie eh & jeh“. Zeitloser Classic Rock mit Progressiv-Anspruch auf höchstem Niveau.“ (Musix, Deutschland)
„Packend wie eh & jeh. Versteht den Zuhörer nachhaltig zu verzaubern.“ (Musikatlas, Österreich)
„Prodigal Dreamer verdient ein größeres Publikum als nur die Hardcore Fans.“ (Good Times, Deutschland)
„Präsentiert sich auf Augenhöhe mit ihren legendären Platten der 70er.“ (Betreutesproggen, Deutschland)
„Ein herrliches Album, das so wunderbar in die Jahreszeit passt.“ (Metalglory, Deutschland)
„Reiflich durchdachte Songs, deren besonderer Charm im Detail zu finden ist. Da wird akzentuiert und wohlüberlegt musiziert. Wunderbar lebendige Grundstimmung.“ (Classic Rock, Deutschland)
„Eine einzigartige Melange aus Classic Rock, Progressive Rock und Folk, die kontinuierlich Gänsehautmomente erzeugt und den Hörer in bewegende Gefühlswelten eintauchen lässt. Mit Raum-Mikrofonierung für den perfekten Sound.“ (Rock Hard, Deutschland)
„Welch ein Werk! Prodigal Dreamer hält mindestens den Standard der ersten beiden Pavlov's Dog Platten.“ (Rolling Stone Forum, Deutschland)
Band: David Surkamp (Vocals, Acoustic- & E-Guitar), Sara Surkamp (vocals on tracks 5, 7, 10), Abbie Steiling (violin), Rick Steiling (bass), David Malachowksi (e-guitar), Manfred Ploetz (drums), Mark Maher (piano, hammond B3, synthesizer)
Distribution: Soulfood Music, Phone ++49/+40/8541960, www.soulfood-music.de
This month with news from: Mikael Erlandsson & Blood Red Saints
::: MIKAEL ERLANDSSON – releases his 6th solo album “Capricorn Six” via AOR Heaven in Europe on February 22nd, 2019! :::
Mikael Erlandsson is back with his 6th solo album “Capricorn Six”. The Swedish singer is a true Aor/melodic rock legend that with his amazing voice which has been one of the best in this genre for more than 25 years.
Erlandsson had success in Sweden already in 1990 when he was the frontman in the band N´Gang where he had several hits incl. a Swedish song in the Eurovision Song Contest. The breakthrough in the Rock scene happened in 1993 when he released his first solo album. The album topped that year’s best of melodic rock charts and had an impact all over the world – but especially in Japan. Later on, 4 more solo albums saw the light of day and Erlandsson guested as singer on albums with Phenomena, Radioactive, Salute, Love Under Cover amongst others. During the last fifteen years Mikael also led his own band “Last Autumns Dream” who released 15 albums and did some touring in Japan, Germany and England.
Now, Mikael Erlandsson is back with a new album filled with songs in his classic style. Musicians on the album are Sayit Dölen (guitar), Pontus Engborg (drums) and Joel Starander (bass). The record was produced by Claes Andreasson and Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumns Dream, Heartbreak Radio) and mixed and mastered by Martin Kronlund (guest guitar themes on ”Eye of the hurricane” , ”Break another heart” & ”I just wanna love you”.
Tracklist: 1. Eye Of The Hurricane, 2. Why, 3. Pain, 4. Evil, 5. Had To Let You Go, 6. Break Another Heart, 7. Fear The People, 8. Ok, 9. I Just Wanna Love Ya, 10. Alice In Wonderland
Soundfiles in advance:
The album was submitted to press & radio in Europe on Friday, January 4th 2019 via Haulix.
::: BLOOD RED SAINTS return with “Pulse” on February 22nd, 2019! :::
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?”
Tracklist: 1. Believer, 2. Animals, 3. Cross To Bear, 4. Invincible, 5. I’m Your Devil, 6. Crash Into Me, 7. Pulse, 8. Message To God, 9. Warrior, 10. What Have We Become, 11. Bring Me To Life
Soundfiles in advance:
The album was submitted to press & radio world-wide on Friday, January 4th 2019 via Haulix.