Trouble Agency is a Belgian Thrash Metal band from Brussels, formed in 1993. Founding members Didier Van Coppenolle (guitarist) and Bart Brion (drummer) decided to join forces, writing their first songs, embracing a unique blend of groovy Thrash Metal with Hard Core elements. The band is considered as one of the last of it’s generation being still active in Belgium. Trouble Agency was born on the ashes of 80’s Thrash Metal bands Cyclone and Decadence. Their music was described as being similar to crossover and thrash metal acts Sacred Reich, D.R.I., Destruction and Annihilator by Dutch magazine Aardschok and Metallian magazine from France. Through the years Trouble Agency has shared stages with acts as Exodus, Destruction, Immortal, Anvil, Hyades, Onslaught and Paradox and headlined the Metal Blast festival held at the Botanique in Brussels. They also played Wacken Open Air in 2014's.
The original Trouble Agency line-up consisted of Didier Van Coppenolle (ex-Brain Cancer and Necrosis), Bart Brion (ex-Decadence) with Kalle Vanlint (ex-Cyclone & Decadence) on guitars, bassist Alain Fabry (ex-Necrosis), and Serge Van Bossele on vocals. The band recorded ‘Alone’ (1996) and ‘Angry’ (1998), their first two demos, and was joined back then by Pascal Haneuse on drums and Didier Meeus on vocals. Trouble Agency then released their first studio demo called ‘Bite Into Life’ (2002), which was recorded and produced by Xavier Carrion (ex-Cyclone & Channel Zero) and featured Jamal Obeidat on drums. Larry Van De Rostyne (ex-Decadence) joined the group on lead guitars in 2003. This line-up was the longest to last and also recorded Trouble Agency’s first studio album 'Moneycracy' in 2006. The band’s commitment to self-releasing their albums and remaining independent from any local or major labels is obvious, and the music nevertheless always has been well received by the public. Jamal Obeidat’s departure from the band in 2008 opened a breach in the line-up, as bassist Alain Fabry and singer Didier Meeus left Trouble Agency shortly after.
Though Trouble Agency never broke-up; the most important line-up changes, occurring around 2010, didn’t affect the band’s inspiration or style. Trouble Agency recruited drummer François De Bock (ex- Breathstealer) and as a three-piece, released the totally self-recorded demo LP ‘The Last Shot’ (2011) with mastermind Didier Van Coppenolle assuming rhythm guitars as well as vocals and Larry Van De Rostyne on both lead guitars and bass. The addition of Simon Mouawad on bass definitely put Trouble Agency back on track, allowing them to bounce back and recruit longtime friend Kevin Nolis (ex- Breathstealer and Wasted Years) on vocals during early 2013. The Belgians now are releasing their new full-length album 'Suspected' – once again totally self-released.
The album can be ordered via the band’s website.
German Melodic Rock label AOR Heaven will release two gems from their favourite genre on April 27th, 2018! First, we have the debut album from Swedish Melodic Rockers HEARTWIND who will release their debut album “Higher And Higher”, secondly the classic “State Of Rock” album from the German group FRONTLINE, re-mastered by guitarist Robby Böbel, will be re-released in a ltd. edition with 1000 CD’s only and two bonus tracks.
The PR via Haulix for both releases will start during the next week!
Product: Heartwind – Higher And Higher
Release date: April 27th, 2017
Label: AOR Heaven
With members from bands like Constancia, The Poodles, Token, Narnia and Essence of Sorrow, and with guest stars Nina Söderquist (Bjorn Skifs/Badrock, Champions of Rock a.o.), Janne Stark (Grand Design, Mountain of Power a.o.), and Tåve Wanning (The Voice, Adrenaline Rush, Peaches), new melodic hard rockers Heartwind may come across as one of those one off band projects, but nothing could be more far from the truth. Heartwind is the story of two old friends, with a common love for classical melodic hard rock and AOR, that after fifteen years of friendship started to write the album they always had wanted to listen to themselves. Over a meal in downtown Stockholm, guitar player and songwriter Goran Engvall (former with Hitworks) and progressive/melodic keyboard player and fellow songwriter Mikael Rosengren (Constancia, Token, Scudiero), laid down the vision for what was yet to come. 15 original songs and 12 months later, Mikael started to pull some strings from his many fellow musicians in the Swedish hard rock scene since 20 years back. The two songwriters were amazed with the positive response they got on their first demos, from hard rock industry people & fans. It became evident that they were going to be able to attract some great talent to the album and the band. Believing in the importance of fellowship and a strong people fit when starting a band, Mikael and Göran started to dig in closest ground: Drummer Peter TrumPeter Svensson (Constancia, Faith) and singer Germán Pascual (Narnia, Dj Mendez, Essence of Sorrow), happily joined the band, and two key pieces of the puzzle came into place. With Peter and Germán onboard, the band knew they had both a powerful backbone and a phenomenal front man in place!
Germán invited his old friends, and former band mates, guitar virtuoso Martin Hall (Germán Pascual band) and bass wizard Germain Leth (The Poodles, Watchmen) to join the band and magic was about to happen. When also the very well respected Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed, Firespawn, Eclipse, Scudiero a.o.), accepted to team up to produce and mix, the band knew they had something special going. Fredrik’s contribution also as a musician on the album (guitar & bass) cannot be underestimated.
With classical albums like Hysteria (Def Leppard), 1987 (Whitesnake) and Escape (Journey) serving as inspiration, the intention from the band has been to get every single track to stand on its own two feet! Timeless melodic hard rock with a modern but still genuine sound!
After publishing a short teaser on Youtube, just before X-mas 2017, Heartwind stood ready as a band and was offered record deals by no less than three (!) different labels. Heartwind was happy to sign with AOR Heaven in early January and making an old dream come true.
The album is mixed and produced by Fredrik Folkare, Chrome Studios, and mastered by Erik Mårtensson, Blowout Productions (Eclipse, Ammunition, WET a.o).
Soundclips in advance:
Product: Frontline – State Of Rock +2
Release date: April 27th, 2017
Label: AOR Heaven
FRONTLINE from Nürnberg, Germany belong to the pioneers of the German hard rock scene. Founded in 1989 by Robert Böbel (guitars, keyboards; EVIDENCE ONE, PHANTOM V), Stephan Kämmerer (vocals), Thomas Riess (bass) und Stephan Bayerlein (drums), their debut album “The State Of Rock” finally hit the stores in 1994 – a true classic which until today still is regarded as the finest album of the band by many. This record also meant the breakthrough for the guys in Japan where they reached # 10 in the rock sales charts. Straightly after the release, FRONTLINE went on tour in Europe and had the honour to open for various great acts such as GOTTHARD, CRASH TEST DUMMIES, BONFIRE, TYKETTO and CASANOVA.
In 1995, FRONTLINE pulled out the full acoustic album „Two Faced“. However, personal differences within the band followed and ended up in the departure of Stephan Bayerlein and Thomas Riess in 1996. They were replaced by Thomas „Hutch“ Bauer (Bass) und Rami Ali (Drums; EVIDENCE ONE, SHYLOCK). Still in the same year, FRONTLINE signed a record deal with a new label, recorded the single “Man In Motion” and the album “Heroes” which though officially only saw the light of day in Japan since their European label went out of business.
One year later, the band decided to start working on another new album which is well known under it’s working title “Heroes II” amongst the fans but never saw a release. Due to a complicated contractual situation many labels feared to contact FRONTLINE during the following years and the band went back to the underground again until Georg Siegl at AOR Heaven finally showed his interest in the band in the year 2000 and signed them for the first time. Just one month later, the album “Right Attitude” was released which can be regarded as a sort of compilation out of both “Heroes” albums …and “Right Attitude” became a huge success for the band again! The recordings for their 2002 output “Against The World” started the same year, and this album finally re-established FRONTLINE on the international hard rock market.
Throughout the months after the release of the best of compilation “Almost Unreleased” (2003) which also featured a couple of rare tracks for the fans, FRONTLINE again went into the studio and started to work on a new album called “The Seventh Sign” (2004). In the year 2006, the last studio album the German group called “Circles” was released.
On April 27th 2018, AOR Heaven now will re-issue the rare and out of print album “The State Of Rock” with two bonus tracks as a limited edition of 1000 copies. The album was re-mastered by guitarist Robby Böbel.
Soundclips in advance:
For Immediate Press Release
February 22nd 2018
Alberto Rigoni announces new prog solo album feat. drummer Marco Minnemann!
After the release of Duality album in September 2017, Italian prog rock bassist & composer Alberto Rigoni (solo, co-producer of Vivaldi Metal Project, Kim Bingham etc.) announces that he is now working on a new prog rock ambient solo album which will feature worldwide known natural born drummer Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Paul Gilbert, etc.).
"The composition and production of this new album will be quite challenging. The album will consist in a 33 mins track divided in 6 chapters and it will be just basses and drums. I always dreamed to compose something like this and together with Marco Minnemann we creating something quite interesting (at least we hope!)!! " - Alberto Rigoni
Marco Minnemann says: "Alberto approached me with the idea of adding drums to a fairly long piece composed mainly on the bass guitar. It goes in chapters and takes you on a trip through a variation of sensitive and dynamic soundscapes, leads through heavy rock song like parts, odd meter prog or jazz orientated sections and many more surprises. I was immediately up for this adventure and also enjoyed the musical freedom I was given for this production. Truly an enjoyable and great time being part of this release.
Check out the new teaser here: https://youtu.be/IPZS0fXPq68
As an independent artist, Alberto Rigoni is looking for supporters who can help him in reaching the budget for the production (recordings, mix, mastering, artwork etc.) of this new album and started this fundraising campaign that will end on April 10 2018. Parts of the income of the fundraising campaign will be donated to charity - association that helps deaf blind children
You can join the campaign at www.albertorigoni.net/evorevolution/
Video teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn34lWcg9tw
The album will be released later this year with PR handled by us.
Power Metal band CRYSTAL TEARS is the latest addition to Pride & Joy Music’s roster! The Greek band’s new album “Decadence Deluxe” will be released on May 18th, 2018!
"The world's a stage, we plug & play"! With a steady evolution from the band's first demos to its latest instalments, Crystal Tears have managed to leave their mark as one of the most qualitative heavy metal acts, proven to be a persistent, innovative & unstoppable force. Their previous testimony "Hellmade", with music videos involving Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N' Roses, Sons Of Apollo) & actors Lew Temple (of The Walking Dead fame) & Lou Taylor Pucci (Evil Dead) - initiated their first European tour (with Mystic Prophecy), followed by their own headline Greek tour & a few more extended shows with Firewind/ ex-Ozzy Osbourne's Gus G.
Having gained a formidable reputation for delivering the goods on stage & via their honest and sing-along anthems, Crystal Tears strike back with the massively anticipated new album "Decadence Deluxe". With producer R. D. Liapakis (Mystic Prophecy, Devil's Train, Suicidal Angels etc.) on the front again, the quintet delivers high quality heavy metal dedicating heart & soul, managing to sound constantly inspired & fresh. Crystal Tears have always been original. And this unique blend of dynamics in aggressiveness & harmony has been introducing 'em continually to new audiences all over the world. And as good ol' friend Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper, ex-Slash's Snakepit) says... "all is rock"! And the story continues...
The artwork for “Decadence Deluxe” was designed by Caio Caldas (Dragonforce) and guest musicians include Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper, Slash's Snakepit), Karis Charisma (Deadsquad), Julien Nutz Deyres (Gorod) and Fidel De Jesus (Xeno Devata Project).
The PR for this release via Haulix will start in mid March.
Im November 2018 bringt die Ingolstädter Rock-Legende Bonfire mit insgesamt 20 Konzerten in 20 Städten und neuartigem Konzept zum ersten Mal die Produktion „Bonfire – A Night With Rock Legends“ auf die deutschen Bühnen!
Bonfire selbst spielen an diesen Abenden ihre größten Hits und fungieren zudem als Backing-Band für zahlreiche internationale Rocklegenden. Die Besetzungsliste liest sich wie das „Who-Is-Who“ der Rockgeschichte; so werden u.a. Bobby Kimball (ex-Toto), Joe Lynn Turner (ex Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple), Dave Bickler (ex-Survivor „Eye Of The Tiger“) und Phil Mogg (UFO) u.v.m. ihre größten Hits darbieten.
Bonfire and Friends – A Night With Rock Legends....der Name ist Programm, so haben Bonfire zum Start der Tourneereihe alte Weggefährten und Freunde eingeladen. Mit Joe Lynn Turner (ex Rainbow, Deep Purple) schrieb die Band bereits 1987 die beiden Bonfire-Klassiker "Sweet Obsession" und "Sleeping All Alone" als auch die Ballade "Without You" für das 2017er Album "Byte The Bullet". Mit Phil Mogg von UFO war Hans Ziller 2014 auf Tour, und Bobby Kimball nahm bereits bei dem von Bonfire organisierten Benefiz 'Festival Rock For Asia' teil.
„Die Idee mit Bonfire and Friends geistert mir schon lange durch den Kopf“, sagt Hans Ziller, "eine Tour durch große Hallen, wo Bonfire zusammen mit Originalinterpreten die größten Hits der Rockgeschichte auf die Bühne bringen." Die 3-stündige Show ist nur so gespickt mit Rockkrachern wie "Burn", "Smoke On The Water", "Child In Time", "Lights Out", "Doctor Doctor", "Jet City Woman", "Hold The Line", "Africa", "Eye Of The Tiger", "First Time", um nur einige, wenige zu nennen.
Das Besondere daran ist, dass Bonfire dem Ganzen einen sehr harten Bonfire-typischen Sound verpassen werden, wie sie es schon bei ihrer beeindruckenden Coverversion von "Sweet Home Alabama" unter Beweis stellten. Eine typische 80er-Produktion mit Laufstegen, Treppen, Rampen und genialem Licht sowie Pyro-Effekten wird das Ganze optisch imposant abrunden. Und natürlich dürfen die größten Hits von Bonfire auch nicht fehlen.
BONFIRE – A Night With Rock Legends
präsentiert von: Rockantenne, Musix, Schall Magazin, Good Times, Rock It! & Hardline
- 02.11. Fischach – Staudenlandhalle-Show
- 03.11. Weimar - Congresshalle
- 04.11. Fürth - Stadthalle
- 05.11. Frankfurt - Batschkapp
- 06.11. Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
- 07.11. Bremen - Aladin
- 08.11. Berlin Columbiahalle
- 09.11. Paderborn – Schützenhof Messecenter
- 10.11. Ingolstadt - Saturn-Arena
- 11.11. Balingen - Volksbank-Messe
- 12.11. Saarbrücken - Garage
- 13.11. Alsdorf - Stadthalle
- 14.11. Hagen - Stadthalle
- 15.11. Würzburg - Posthalle
- 16.11. Alsfeld - Hessenhalle
- 17.11. Freiberg - Tivoli
- 18.11. CZ-Pilsen-Locomotive-Sporthalle
- 19.11. Magdeburg – AMO-Arena
- 20.11. Leipzig - Haus Auensee
- 21.11. Hannover - Capitol
Das komplette Line-Up können Sie der untenstehenden Liste entnehmen:
Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple)
Phil Mogg (UFO)
Geoff Tate (singer Operation Mindcrime)
Dave Bickler (0rig. Singer, ex-Survivor “Eye of the Tiger”)
Bobby Kimball (ex-Toto)
Robin Beck (Coca Cola-Song “First Time”)
James Christian (House Of Lords)
Johnny Gioeli (Hardline, Axel Rudi Pell)
Alessandro DelVecchio (Hardline)
Chris Boltendahl (Grave Digger)
Paul Morris (ex-Rainbow, Doro, Nena)
Special Guest: Quaster (Sänger/Gitarrist der deutschen Rocklegende Puhdys)
Weitere Informationen zur Veranstaltung finden Sie unter folgendem Link: www.bonfireandfriends.de. Early Bird Tickets sind ab 53,00 Euro zzgl. Gebühren bis 28.03.2018 verfügbar.
Karten sind über CTS Eventim an allen bekannten Vorverkaufsstellen und über www.eventim.de ab 63,00 Euro zzgl. Gebühren erhältlich.
Tournee-Veranstalter: Bonfire Productions