This month with news from Robert Tepper & Age Of Reflection
::: Legendary song-writer ROBERT TEPPER will release “Better Than The Rest” on September 27th, 2019 on AOR Heaven! :::
Robert Tepper, hailing from Bayonne, New Jersey, came up in the late 60’s playing in garage bands down on the Jersey shore. It wasn’t until a bit later that Tepper started to get recognition as a song writer with his first top 40 hit recorded by Paul Anka, This Is Love. The song went on to earn an ASCAP award for its popularity that year and broke the top 40.
After moving to New York City, he teamed up with fellow singer Benny Mardones to help with his hit album Never Run, Never Hide. On that record was the iconic song Into The Night. In 2010 Usher released his own version of the song with a new dynamic arrangement.
It was in 1985 when Robert landed his first record deal with Scotti Brothers Records - a subsidiary of CBS. In the studio Tepper was very fortunate to have hired the expertise of grammy awarded producer Joe Chiccarelli who is known for his work with U2, Beck, Elton John and many more. In 1985 Tepper also moved to Los Angeles. It was about this time that actor and director Sylvester Stallone was taken by the song Tepper had written called No Easy Way Out. Prominently featured in the film franchise Rocky the song climbed the charts into the American top 40. Stallone, now a Tepper fan, used his song Angel of the City in his classic movie Cobra giving Tepper the title of the soundtrack kid. Also, Pat Benatar’s recording of La Bel Age off of Seven The Hard Way was another Tepper Marshall composition.
In 1996 the album No Rest For The Wounded Heart was released by MTM Music exclusively for Europe. More recently he released an album that was categorized as an acoustic record with an electric tinge in the early 2000’s called New Life Story. After a long lay off of live performances it was soon after the release of New Life Story that Tepper started doing shows in Europe. It was there that he met guitarist extraordinaire Pablo Padilla. Padilla, who is one of the premier guitarists in Spain, was soon to continue his musical journey in Los Angeles. Here he became Tepper’s music supervisor for all of his shows.
The new Robert Tepper album Better Than The Rest is a true collaboration between Tepper and Padilla. The writing and recording and mixing of this record took approximately a year. Tepper’s music has appeared in such hit films and TV shows such as South Park, Breaking Bad, Cobra, Rocky 4, and Get Hard.
Advance audio video: https://youtu.be/BIlBFzCkcuA
Haulix: will be provided on Monday, August 5th 2019
::: AGE OF REFLECTION return on September 27th, 2019 with “A New Dawn” :::
In early 2013 Carl Berglund and his old bandmate Jan Skärming decided to fulfil their musical dream, writing songs reduced to its very core by 80’s rock giants. These were songs with emotional harmonies from pure British AOR, with the power of American hard rock, sprinkled with hooks from the new era of Swedish melodic rock. Joining them in the songwriting came Lars Nygren in spring 2014 (vocals), a friend of Carls since high school. When equipped with a ton of hard hitting melodic rock songs written, the missing pieces of the puzzle joined forces. They turned out to be Jonas Nordquist (lead guitar), drummer Michael Sjöö (replaced by Peppe Vikman in August 2018) and Jens Rüttgeroth on keyboards (member since October 2017). In May 2016 they picked four songs and put them onto Spotify, iTunes, and a few other places with amazing reviews and response. In August 2016, the band signed a deal with AOR Heaven for a February 2017 release, and also later with Rubicon Music Japan. “In The Heat Of The Night” was recorded at Studio Thinner, the band's own studio in Vasteras, Sweden, in the spring of 2016. It was produced by AGE OF REFLECTION but the mixing and mastering was done by Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T. a.o).
After the summer 2018, AoR started writing new music for their next album. AGE OF REFLECTIONS tried one of the new songs live at Rockingham festival, and the response was great! They went back into the studio and have now finished all the recordings. Again Erik Mårtensson has been doing the final magic on the album. “A New Dawn” will be released on September 27th, 2019 on AOR Heaven.
In November, AoR is going on a headlining tour in England supported by both A’priori and Atlas UK. After that there is H.E.A.T Festival in Germany. One of highlights in 2020, so far, is the HRH AOR festival in Wales in March.
AGE OF REFLECTION: Carl Berglund: Guitars, Backing Vocals; Lars Nygren: Lead Vocals; Jan Skärming: Bass, Backing Vocals; Jens Rüttgeroth: Keyboards; Jonas Nordqvist: Lead guitar, Backing Vocals; Peppe Vikman: Drums, Backing Vocals
Advance audio video: https://youtu.be/QzzI0quXb30
Haulix: will be provided Monday, August 5th 2019
Swedish Melodic Rock legend ALIEN’s "Anniversary Tour" is now completed, and ALIEN -the original line-up - has come to an end.
The band says: “We performed our very last show together at the Helgeå Festival on July 6th. Our heartful thanks go out to all our fans for supporting us for the last 10 years.”
Alien is now moving on to a new phase. A new album will be recorded this summer and due to differences in how their music should develop, two original members, Ken Sandin and Jimmy Wandroph, have decided to no longer be a part of the group. AlIEN is from now on Jim Jidhed, Tony Borg and Toby Tarrach.
picture credit: Dan Leo Lindberg
The band wishes Ken and Jimmy the best of luck in their future projects.
Alien will also like to take this opportunity to announce that the producers of the forthcoming album will be Niclas Engelin from IN FLAMES, founder of the band Engel and Sell The Dead and Oscar Nilsson from Engel.
Into The Unknown return with their second studio album, “Breaking The Silence”, due for worldwide release on September 6th 2019 via Vigliante Records/ Nova/ Universal Music.
Into The Unknown released their first album, “Out of the Shadows” in 2017, and followed it up with a digital only mini album of covers, entitled “The Other Side of the Wall”, but with only three members vocalist Lucie Hölzlová, Guitarist Ryan Atkins and bassist/producer Rupert Withers, they were limited when it came to showcasing the music live. A few acoustic sets were performed (the first in front of a crowd of 2000 in an open air venue), however the band really wanted to perform the songs as they intended them, full on and fired up! Fast forward to June 2019, and they are pleased to announce new blood in the band, namely James Milner on rhythm guitar, and Mike Ballard on drums. This new line up was revealed with the release of their version of the Gary Moore/Phil Lynott classic song, “Out In The Fields”. Thus plans are now afoot to tour in the not too distant future.
The new album, “Breaking the Silence” is an evolution from their previous album, written by Lucie, Ryan and Rupert, it moves further into the symphonic rock arena that was hinted at in “Out of The Shadows”. Once more they decided to try and create a diverse collection of songs, with what they are proud to admit many critics have stated is their distinctive sound. From the heavy rocking “Pandora’s Box” that opens the album, through the celtic influenced “Heroes and Victims” to the piano ballad “You Can’t Have Love Without The Pain” the album is an hours worth of music, written from the heart. Known for their cover recordings, the band don’t disappoint with their rocked up version of Howard Jones’ 80s pop hit “What Is Love?”. Lucie’s vocals pour feeling into the performance, and Ryan’s guitar work compliments them with heartfelt solos. Songs such as “Broken”, “I’ve Had Enough” and “Back In Time” highlight emotional turmoil, whilst “Are You Ready?” and “Live Your Life” are out and out rock songs, destined to be live favourites.
“Breaking the Silence” is due for release on Vigilante Records, via Nova/Universal, and the Orchard, on September 6th 2019.
Check out the band's new single of the band of Gary Moore's "Out In The Fields" on their Faceback page: https://www.facebook.com/ITUUKVigilante/
The PR for this release will start on Monday, July 15th.
This month with news from Alien, Jimi Anderson Group & Rockett Love!
::: ROCKETT LOVE will send “Greetings From Rocketland” on August 30th, 2019 :::
ROCKETT LOVE was founded in 2015 by singer Daniel Samuelsson and guitarist Stefan Westerlund. Fueled by mutual interest in 80’s melodic rock, the two began recording original material in Daniel’s home studio. With only one song on iTunes and Spotify and absolutely no commercial back-up they received a lot of radio time and a fully packed venue when playing their debut gig. The song “Rocket Love” took off with a big viral spin when Beau Hill picked-up the track at his studio and produced it.
A year of writing and recording went by and in 2017 ROCKETT LOVE finally released the full-length debut “Grab the Rocket” on AOR Heaven.
In the following time, they set up their own studio and named it Meganoise, and the recordings began in early 2018. The duo needed to cut down the material from twenty something to 11 songs. When the recordings were finished, the Swedes sent the material to Erik Mårtensson (ECLIPSE, WET) to mix it.
ROCKETT LOVE now returns with “Greetings from Rocketland” on August 30th, 2019. The band's second album contains 11 new tracks including the highlights “King for one day”, “Back on my feet” and the power ballad “Take me home”.
Stefan Westerlund comments: “This time the songs are for real, no compromises. Erik has done a fantastic job and we feel strongly about the album and what he did to the material. Now it’s up to the listeners to take it to their hearts. “Greetings From Rocketland” is a classic record full of great and melodic rock songs.”
Soundfiles in advance:
Haulix: will be provided Thursday, July 4th
::: JIMI ANDERSON GROUP returns with “I Belong” on August 30th, 2019:::
Born In Rigside, Lanarkshire, Scotland, Anderson's first Rock band was in 1978, singing mainly Rush & Deep Purple songs, and so his passion for 'Classic Rock' had begun. The next few years brought many hours of practise and to Paul Rodgers, David Coverdale & Ronnie James Dio for inspiration. He began writing songs and formed the Rock band 'Sahara' whilst spending any spare time attending a gazzillion gigs at the Legendary 'Glasgow Apollo' till it closed in 1985.
Various incarnations of the band ensued including a name change to "The Hardline" until they were picked-up by 'Wet Wet Wet's manager Elliott Davis and offered a management contract on the strength of a demo tape. Showcasing his phenomenal voice, 5 years of recording demo's, touring, notable sell out gigs at Glasgow's King Tut's, London's 'Borderline Club' and a support to Wet Wet Wet in front of 30,000 people at Glasgow Green followed. The singer continued writing, performing and recording, appearing on Michael Barrymore's National Television shows ' My Kind of People' & 'Barrymore' in 1997/98 and went on to sing at concerts & festivals in Cyprus, Romania, Turkey and Holland.
Living now in York, Anderson has continued writing and moved on to spend four years as lead vocalist with tribute band 'A Foreigners Journey' and toured extensively in the UK and Rhodes. Meeting new friends along the way, and his voice just got better and better so a decision was made to leave "A Foreigners Journey" and the next adventure started. His latest side project is a tribute to great American Melodic Rock with some great musicians and friends called "Legends of AOR". Their debut gig was in Spain in front of a crowd of Rhodes Rockers. The festival has now moved to Cyprus where ‘Legends of AOR’ have performed for the last 3 years
In 2015 Jimi finally realized his dream and released an album of original songs recorded at FML studios in Motherwell, Scotland with Producer/Engineer/Musicians Sandy Jones and Greame Duffin, and over the last 4 years has taken his music on the road up & down the UK. So the Jimi Anderson Group was born. The album titled ‘Longtime Comin’ was released in 2017.
On August 30th, 2019 the follow-up release “I Belong” will hit the shelves – the first record on AOR Heaven. Like it’s predecessor ‘I Belong’ was recorded at FML with Sandy Jones at the helm. Jimi, Sandy & Greame performed most of the music. This time however ace guitarist ‘David Cuthbert’ features on quite a few of the tracks including ‘Wonderful Tokyo Nights’, ‘Fearless Warrior’ & ‘I’m A Believer’ to name a few, including the beautiful ballad title track, ‘I Belong’.
Soundfiles in advance:
Haulix: will be provided on Thursday, July 4th
::: ALIEN – exclusive mailorder 2-CD re-release of the “Alien” debut album due on August 30th, 2019! :::
Even though the self-titled ALIEN debut is 31 years old now it has lost nothing of its magic. In particular the two anthems “Only One Woman” and “Tears Don’t Put Out The Fire” are still a wet dream for any AOR fan. This digitally remastered reissue contains the original Scandinavian version with Jim Jidhed on vocals as well as the later US-version with new singer Pete Sandberg on vocals on some songs. Furthermore the re-release contains the two bonus tracks “Feel My Love” and “Touch My Fire” which make this album even more essential. Strictly limited repressing of 1000 copies, only available through the AOR Heaven mailorder.
CD1: 1988 – Alien (Scandinavian Edition)
1. Brave New Love - 3:53, 2. Tears Don't Put Out The Fire - 4:09, 3. Go Easy - 3:39, 4. I've Been Waiting - 5:03, 5. Jaime Remember - 4:41, 6. . Feel My Love - 3:46, 7. Only One Woman - 4:12, 8. Wings Of Fire - 3:23, 9. Dying By The Golden Rule - 3:49, 10. Touch My Fire - 3:58, 11. Dreamer - 4:40
12. Mirror - 4:29: bonus tracks: 13. Feel My Love (Polar session outtake) - 3:52, 14. Touch My Fire (Polar session outtake) - 3:51
CD2: 1989 – Alien (US Edition)
1. Tears Don't Put Out The Fire (Remix) - 4:32, 2. Go Easy (Remix) - 3:48, 3. I've Been Waiting (Remix) - 5:09, 4. Jaimie Remeber - 4:43, 5. Feel My Love (Remix) - 3:45, 6. Only One Woman (Remix) - 4:34
7. Brave New Love - 4:00, 8. The Air That I Breathe - 4:36, 9. Touch My Fire - 4:06, 10. Now Love - 4:25
Note: since this is a mailorder release only, this title will not be promoted to press & radio
Narnia’s new album; From Darkness To Light is the band’s eight studio album, and a natural sequel to the previous, self-titled album, from the band’s return and 20th anniversary in 2016. Today, the track "Crack In The Sky" is released on all digital platforms as single in advance! "Darkness To Light" is set for a release via Narnia Songs/ Sound Pollution on August 2nd, 2019!
Check out the video for this song here: https://youtu.be/P-SWNWLMfZQ
The spark that Narnia lit on last year’s live album We Still Believe - Made in Brazil, has followed the band into the studio, where this energy has been channeled and structured into a long parade of nine songs.
With the musical roots remaining deep in melodic metal, the band has both stretched on to a modern sound where the guitars still dominate, but also allows analogue 70/80’s analogue synthesizers to take place in the soundscape. The lyrics are noticeably important to the band and in true Narnia spirit this heritage has been well managed and further refined. Christian Liljegren sings with such passion that it is hard not to be touched by the vocals. This album is also produced by Narnia’s guitar virtuoso CJ Grimmark, who also has written most of both lyrics and music. It is mixed by the band’s sound engineer Viktor Stenquist, and mastered by Jens Bogren, Fascination Street Studios.
The band’s first tour in South America in 2017, made noticeable marks and you can hear this new reignition has come to stay. It is clearly hearable in Andreas ”Habo” Johansson’s energetic drumming, which is performed with both power and precision. With a keyboardist as Martin Härenstam, the Narnia has the caliber of another solo virtuoso in the band. The synthesizers are there all the time and commute between complementing the sound image and making exciting excursions, a bit like a perfectly balanced dance in harmony with the guitar. The band’s latest addition, bassist Jonatan Samuelsson, has merged well into the band and has also contributed with background vocals, playing Taurus bass pedal, songwriting and graphic design of cover.
It is a united and wholehearted band that now is releasing a new studio album! From Darkness To Light will be released in connection with the coming tour in South America, together with Stryper and Tourniquet.
Label: Narnia Songs
Distribution: Sound Pollution
The PR campaign for the album will start on June 5th, 2019 via Haulix.
01 - A Crack In The Sky
02 - You Are The Air That I Breathe
03 - The Armor of God
04 - Manifest
05 - The War That Tore The Land
06 - Has The River Run Dry?
07 - Sail On
08 - I Will Follow
09 - From Darkness To Light (part 1)
10 - From Darkness To Light (part 2)
The album will be available as CD jewel case, as ltd. CD digipak, and as LP (in black, red & white)