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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.
wir freuen uns über ein neues Promothema für Deutschland, Österreich und die Schweiz: Darkwater – Human (EVT: 01.03.2019 über Ulterium Records/Alive).
Unten findet Ihr die aktuelle Pressemeldung des Labels zum Album. Die Bemusterung beginnt dann Anfang Januar!
The Swedish melodic progressive metal band DARKWATER will release their new album "Human" on March 1st, 2019 in Europe and North America 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: 01. A New Beginning, 02. In Front Of You, 03. Alive (Part I), 04. Alive (Part II), 05. Reflection Of A Mind, 06. Insomnia, 07. The Journey, 08. Burdens, 09. Turning Pages, 10. 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
This month with news from: Lugnet & Secret Rule, and a tour date update.
Please note, that our office will be closed between Friday, November 30th until Monday, December 3rd included due to our attendance at H.e.a.t. Festival (www.heat-festival.eu).
::: Swedish Classic Rockers LUGNET return with “Nightwalker”!:::
With a dedicated, tough, gritty sound of 70's hard rock, the Swedish band Lugnet strikes with full expression. Their debut album was released 2016 and struck a chord around the world with great reviews.
The band thrives on new singer Johan Fahlberg's (Jaded Heart) voice with immense power and range. The extraordinary driving rhythm section consists of bass player Lennart "Z" Zethzon (Badge) and drummer Fredrik Jansson (Angel Witch, ex Witchcraft). New guitar player Matti Norlin adds (Badge and solo artist) a great bluestone, together with heavy guitar riffs from Marcus "Mackan" Holten.
The new album "Nightwalker" will take the listener to a new experience with a wide range of arrangements and sounds, where each song tells it's own story which will take all 70's Hard Rock fans by storm. Swedish cover artist Robin Gnista designed the artwork. "Nightwalker" will be released on January 25th, 2019 on Pride & Joy Music as CD, LP and on all digital platforms in Europe.
Recorded at Studio Heavy Electric Sound by Kent Sjöberg; Mixed by Matti Norlin; Mastered by Mike Lind; Produced by Lugnet; Add-ons, Mellotron, Ac guitar etc. Matti Norlin; Executive producer Lennart Zethzon
Cover art and layout by Robin Gnista
Group photo by Soile Siirtola
Line-up: Johan Fahlberg: vocals; Matti Norling: Guitar; Marcus "Mackan" Holten: Guitar; Lennart "Z" Zethzon: Bass; Fredrik Jansson-Punkka: Drums
Album: Nightwalker (out: January 25th, 2019)
Haulix PR start: November 29th, 2018 (European press & radio only)
::: SECRET RULE release “The 7 Endless” on January 25th, 2019 :::
Secret Rule was formed in the beginning of 2014 with the intention to create a special sound with powerful rhythms and catchy melodies. During these five years, Secret Rule conquered their space in the metal scene.The band is fronted by the powerful and crystal clear vocals from Angela Di Vincenzo, masterminded by lead guitarist Andy Menario, with accurate bass playing by Michele Raspanti and the powerful drumming from Nicola Corrente.
Secret Rule’s live shows offer a lot of energy and consist of a mix of heavy guitar riffs with electronic elements and incredible keyboard lines – a total impact between metal music and awesome melodies.
Three albums, “Transposed Emotions” (2015), “Machination” (2016) and “The key to the world” (2017), so far have been released. The group built a solid fan base, supported by their live activity and featured special guests like Aylin (Sirenia), Stefan Helleblad (Within Temptation), Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica), Timo Somers (Delain), Sander Zoer (Delain, Leah) and Henning Basse (Mayan, Firewind).
Secret Rule played a lot of shows all over the Europe, including headlining European tours, sharing the stage with great bands such as Delain, Beyond the Black, Xandria, Serenity, Kobra & the Lotus, Blaze Bayley, Visions of Atlantis and Cellar Darling and performing festivals including the Barcia Metal Fest and the Metal Fest Event - Femme.
Secret Rules’ new, fourth album is called "The 7 Endless" and shows a progress in the band’s sound. This time, all aspects were handled of by the band themselve. The concept was inspired by "The Endless", characters created by Neil Gaiman for the comic book "The Sandman".
Line-up: Angela Di Vincenzo – Vocals; Andy Menario - Guitar & Keyboards; Michele Raspanti – Bass; Nicola Corrente - Drums
Special Guests: Andrea Ciccomartino (Graal) - Male vocals on “Dream”; Christian Ice - Additional keyboards , electronics and loops; Gabrielle Chiararo - Narrator on “The Endless” and “Desire”; Marco Roberto Capelli - Introduction
01.12. D-Bad Salzungen, KW 70*
02.12. D-Frankfurt, Nachtleben*
07.12. UK-Birmingham, Scruffy Murphys
08.12. UK-Manchester, Factory
08.02. I-Rome, Defrag
09.02. I-Mantua, Arci Tom
10.02. I-Rozzano, Circolo Svolta
* with Haggard & Eternal Silence
Official Website: https://www.secretrule.it
Official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/secretruleband
Official YT Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/SecretRule
Official Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4zgiXGA2lONdvZunHOFESG
Official Twitter Page: http://www.twitter.com/secret_rule
Official Instagram Page: http://www.instagram.com/secret_rule_official/
Album: The 7 Endless (out: January 25th, 2019)
Haulix PR start: November 29th, 2018 (world-wide, excluding Italian webzines)
This month with news from: Come Taste The Band & Wake The Nations
::: COME TASTE THE BAND – new album “Reignition” feat. Doogie White & Joe Lynn Turner on vocals! :::
Come Taste the Band (CTTB) is a Norwegian classic hard rock band, founded in 1997 by guitarist Jo Henning Kaasin and singer Vidar Heldal. The early line-up, included bass player Ståle Naas, Eldar Melkvik on keyboards and Frode Flatland on drums. In the early years, CTTB was a Deep Purple tribute band and released two CD`s with Deep Purple songs; «A Tribute To Deep Purple» in 1999 and «Live» in 2006. From 1997 to 2007, CTTB played hundreds of concerts in Scandinavia.
In 2007, CTTB were asked by the Norwegian festival, Kartfestivalen, to play a concert with former Deep Purple singer/bass player, Glenn Hughes. This show resulted in a partnership that lasted until 2010, when Hughes founded Black Country Communion with Joe Bonamassa. Glenn Hughes & CTTB did four tours together, playing Deep Purple Mk III and IV classics.
In 2011, Come Taste the Band teamed up with former Deep Purple/Rainbow-singer, Joe Lynn Turner. JLT & CTTB toured Scandinavia, doing both Rainbow and Deep Purple material. Together they hit the road between 2012 to 2014. During days of, Turner, guitarist Jo Henning Kaasin and bassplayer Ståle Naas wrote and started recording two brand new songs, Tied Down and Don`t Let Me Bleed. Both songs ended up on the new CTTB album, «REIGNITION».
2014 also saw CTTB doing two concerts with former Rainbow singers, Doogie White and Graham Bonnet + Norwegian singer, JORN Lande. Come Taste the Band have changed the line-up several times during the years, with only leader and guitarist, Jo Henning Kaasin, singer Vidar Heldal and bass player Ståle Naas staying constant in the band.
In 2017 celebrating 20 years, CTTB played two big sold out shows with former Whitesnake guitarist, Bernie Marsden and Doogie White (Rainbow/Michael Schenker). After those concerts Doogie White and Jo Henning Kaasin started to write new material.
CTTB landed a record deal with AOR Heaven in November 2017 and recorded seven songs with Doogie White as the singer. Those songs were recorded at Juke Joint Studio, Notodden and Stable Studio, Oslo – Norway. The band now is joined by Swedish musicans, Birger Löfman on drums and Svenne Jansson on organ/keyboards. The album was produced by Halvor Halvorsen/Jo Henning Kaasin & CTTB, with Leif Johansen (Phenomena/21 Guns/A-ha) helping out with engineering. Njål Frode Lie mixed and mastered the album.
The album «REIGNITION» includes 9 classic hard rock tracks, played mostly live in the studio and with lots of improvisations. Doogie White is singin on 7 tracks and Joe Lynn Turner on 2 tracks.
Tracklist: 1.Not That Kind Of Man 2.Under Your Skin 3.Slave For Your Love 4.Black Rose 5.Tied Down 6.Don`t Let Me Bleed 7.Fools In The Night 8.Cradle To Grave 9.So Long Old Friend
Soundfiles in advance:
We will send the album to press & radio on Wednesday, November 28th via Haulix.
::: WAKE THE NATIONS – new Melodic Rock signing from Finland! :::
Heart-shaped rock from Finland! The second album of Wake the Nations (WTN) is loaded with fresh AOR tracks containing a twist of the 80’s melodic hard rock.
In 2009, Risto Tuominen got interested in a band that was being established by Janne ‘Gekko’ Granfors: a grunge-type of band with Krister Stenbom on the lead vocals, Tuomas Pelli on drums, and Gekko on guitar. They were after a bass player, but since Risto came along, Gekko took the bass guitar. A hard rock band ‘Villa Sucka’ was formed. They wrote songs actively and recorded an EP during the spring of 2010. In the same year, Risto got recruited to a melodic rock/AOR band ‘Human Temple’. Gekko soon followed him. In those times, Jori ‘Jorge’ Tojander was the keyboard player of Human Temple.
As Human Temple was having a break, Risto decided to start recording his solo album in 2012. During the past years, he had written some songs that were never published. Risto asked Jorge, Gekko and Kalle Saarinen, all from Human Temple, to help him with the record. Also, Tuomas got an enquiry whether he could join. Initially the idea was to record already written songs just for his own sake, with good quality. But things got more and more ambitious... Risto came up with a thought of ‘Wake the Nations’ project band. Janne Hurme (Human Temple) and Petri Kitti (Violent Code) permitted him to record two of their songs as well, and so the album became to form an entity of its own.
It took a year to fine-tune the songs. When it was time to record the vocals, Risto wasn't confident enough to do it himself. So, he began to search for proper singers. In 2013, he found Estef Martinez (Insider) from Ecuador, Dado Topić (Time) from Croatia, Taage Laiho (Kilpi), and Nils Nordling (Silver Bullet). Janne Hurme and Krister Stenbom were invited also. In addition, Timo Pelander (Finlanders) played guitars and Jari Pailamo (King Company) keys on some tracks. ‘Sign of Heart’ was born in January 2015. The album got its way to the top-50 of the official Finnish chart in the first week after release.
The band did not have a fixed front man and they were not supposed to tour anyways. But as a one-time-occasion, they played at album release party, it became evident that WTN would continue playing for live audience. Soon Krister joined the band and WTN hit bigger stages. Live performance in DBTL festival 2015 was a turning point: WTN opened for Sunrise Avenue and got some international interest after their show. Ever since, the band have been playing numerous gigs: for instance, they have toured Germany numerous times and supported Swedish metal act Dynazty during their ‘Titanic Mass’ tour in Finland. These guys are known not only for their music, but also energetic and positive attitude which is present on and off stage.
During the years 2016-2018, WTN wrote and recorded material for ‘Heartrock’. It was done in cooperation with some of the best melodic hard rock professionals in Scandinavia. For instance, writers also include gurus 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.
Check out the video for the track “Tattooed Girl” here: https://youtu.be/CGJX0D_1x7o
Tracklist: 1. No Mercy, 2. Tattooed Girl, 3. Midnight Lovers, 4. All My Life, 5. Fallen Angel, 6. Now You’re Gone, 7. New Day, 8. Flames, 9. Somehting In Your Eyes, 10. Higher, 11. This Is Over
Soundfiles in advance:
We will send the album to press & radio on Wednesday, November 28th via Haulix.
Both albums will be released on AOR Heaven on January 25th, 2019.