PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is happy to announce the signing of ADRIAN BENEGAS! The artist’s debut album “The Revenant” will be released on November 15th, 2019 and features the incredible singers Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Herbie Langhans (Radiant/ Avantasia), Zuberoa Aznarez (Diabulus In Musica/ Tragul) and Henning Basse (Firewind, MaYan) in the line-up.
More detailed information about this release is found below. The first single “Servants Of The Death” will be released in advance on September 27th, 2019. The PR for this release will start at the end of this month!
Adrian Benegas, composer, keyboardist and entrepreneur, was born in March 1, 1989 in Asuncion, Paraguay. Mostly known for being the founder of the international metal project TRAGUL. He started his career into music when he created his first metal project called Pergana back in 2008 which released two EP's. In 2015, he founded Abracadabra, a symphonic metal project featuring Emilie Ragni (Luca Turilli) on vocals. Abracadabra released two EPs, "Forbidden Magic" (2015) and "Samhain Night" (2016).
A year after, Adrian founded Tragul and stepped into the professional scene hiring some great artists to collaborate with him such as Alex Holzwarth, Oliver Holzwarth (Blind Guardian), Steve Conley, Zuberoa Aznarez and Sander Zoer. Tragul is musically an innovative band, exploring new non-traditional worlds when it comes to getting their music heard. Tragul’s releases come in a unique “song-by-song” format and even with its brief musical path, the band is recognized for its potential. Since June 2017, the band has released 8 singles, widely acclaimed by critics
In 2019 and parallel to Tragul, Adrian started the production of his most ambitious project: a debut album, writing all the lyrics, concept and all music by himself. The album also includes the participation of Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Herbie Langhans Avantasia, Henning Basse (Firewind), Zuberoa Aznarez (Diabulus in Musica, Tragul) together with a base line up from Paraguay that includes Sebastian Ramirez (d) and Diego Bogarín (g, Tragul).
One very important feature of the Paraguayan’s debut album is that it’s a conceptual one with a profound meaning, about the tale of an unredeemed soul's journey from the depths of its own hell to the edge of inner paradise, seeking self-realization. You can say this album gives an insight into the human journey itself, the ups and downs, finally finding the light at the end of the tunnel.
“The Revenant” was produced by Adrian Benegas, and mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen, except for track 1, “Servants Of The Death” which was mixed by Alberto Bravin and mastered by Maor Appelbaum. Artwork by Carlos Fides @ Artside Studio.
Track list: 1. Servants Of The Death, 2. Cadavria, 3. Face To Face, 4. The Enemy Within, 5. Inferno, 6. A Change Of Heart, 7. Carrier Of The Sunlight, 8. The Light Of My Dreams, 9. The Revenant
Line-up: Ralf Scheepers – vocals (track 1); Henning Basse – vocals (tracks 2, 3, 5), Zuberoa Aznárez – vocals (tracks 2, 3, 5), Herbie Langhans – vocals (tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9), Adrian Benegas – keyboards, composer, Diego Bogarín – guitars & bass, Seba Ramirez - drums, Alex Holzwarth – drums (track 5)
It is with great pleasure to announce the signing of a new and promising Dark Metal band from Athens, Greece…GENTIHAA!
The band, formerly known as “Enochian” and then reformed to “Collision Zero” is the brainchild of guitarist/composer George “Valgran” Giannopoulos who started working with producer Bob Katsionis back in 2009 to record two EP’s and made some note-worthy live shows before they went on a long hiatus. In 2017, Valgran reformed the band with the addition of talented singer Andre Boutos (Sonata Antarctica/Project Theory) who gave a more melodic and diverse aspect to his evil riffs, as well as drummer Merenhor (Diablery), bassist Beheaal (Memorain) and lead guitarist Ros Dracul.The complete line-up entered Sound Symmetry Studio for once more to record their debut album “Reverse Entropy”.
Produced by Bob Katsionis at Sound symmetry Studio and mixed/mastered by Fotis Benardo at Devasoundz Studio “Reverse Entropy” blurs the lines between extreme and melodic metal, balancing their dark, razor-edge riffing and brutal vocals with symphonic orchestral arrangements, complex instrumental sections and atmospheric parts, giving a final result very difficult to be filed under any traditional genre of Heavy Metal music.
Lyrically, André, is dealing with a story found in a well-hidden corner of the Web, dealing with 8 pills that give different “super powers” to 8 random individuals,leading them to the distant future just to find out that the Earth is destroyed, and then all of them trying to reverse the entropy with the help of the Master (Alpha) through the guidance of The One (Singularity).
Track listing:1. Serum, 2. Empathy, 3. Vision, 4. Metamorphosis, 5. Alpha, 6. Beyond, 7. Command*, 8. Mastery, 9. Singularity*
*Guest singer on “Command” and “Singularity” is Tom Englund, the voice of Swedish dark metal masters, Evergrey.
Keyboards are performed/arranged by Bob Katsionis.
The artwork is hand crafted by master designer Vaggelis Petikas/Revolver Design (Grand Magus, Nightrage, SixForNine, Nightstalker etc)
“Reverse Entropy” will be available only through the band’s Bandcamp page in both digital and CD format on September 23rd before it hits the official web stores and streaming services.
The album release will be followed by the band's debut shows supporting Dimmu Borgir on:
24/9 Athens (Piraeus Academy)
25/9 Thessaloniki (Fix Club)"
BC page: https://gentihaa.bandcamp.com/
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/gentihaa/
Today, Swedish metal band Narnia releases their 8th studio-album, From Darkness to Light. The album is released worldwide today, just over a month before touring begins in South America, along with American bands Stryper and Tourniquet.
Narnia’s new album, From Darkness to Light, is the band’s 8th studio album, and a natural sequel to the previous, self-titled album, from the band’s return and 20th anniversary in 2016.
Check out the new promotion video here: https://youtu.be/hFd_A1sDh4w
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 musical roots remaining deep in melodic metal, the band has both expanded into modern metal territory, where the guitars still dominate, while allowing for 70/80’s analog synthesizers to exist in the soundscape.
The lyrics are extremely important to the band, and in true Narnia spirit, this heritage has been well managed and further refined.
From Darkness To Light has received positive response from reviewers all around the world, and recently received
1st position in Sweden Rock Magazine’s “The Jury” (4 reviewers on 9 international releases), along with a review (8 of 10) and a full page interview with the band’s singer Christian Liljegren. A great start for this new major venture for Narnia, which involves a tour that begins in South America along with American bands Stryper and Tourniquet.
Layout and artwork: Jonatan Samuelsson Press photo 2019: Mats Vassfjord
Narnia, left to right: Martin Härenstam (keyboards), Andreas “Habo” Johansson (drums),
Christian Liljegren (vocals), Jonatan Samuelsson (bass), CJ Grimmark (guitars)
Today, From Darkness To Light is available on all digital platforms, CD, and vinyl (in different colors) in collaboration with record label Sound Pollution (Europe, USA, Australia). The album is also being distributed by King Records (Asia), and by Voice Music/MusiK Records, Icarus Music and The Dove’s Voice Records (Latin America).
The album was produced by Narnia’s guitarist CJ Grimmark, mixed by the band’s sound engineer Viktor Stenquist, and mastered by Jens Bogren, Fascination Street Studios (Sepultura, Symphony X, James LaBrie [Dream Theater], and more).
Updated Tour Dates:
8/30 Kungsör, Sweden
9/07 - Asuncion, Paraguay
9/10 - Lima, Peru
9/12 - Santiago, Chile
9/14 - São Paulo, Brazil
9/15 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
9/17 - Brasilia , Brazil
9/19 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil
9/21 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
11/1 Hasle bei Burgdorf, Switzerland
11/2 Hasled bei Burgdorf, Switzerland
12/13 Ennepetal, Germany
12/14 Ennepetal, Germany
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.