This month with news from: Black Majesty, Eunomia, Lioncage, Once, Orion’s Reign, Vivaldi Metal Project, and a tour date update.
::: ORION’S REIGN – artwork revealed; “Scores Of War” to be released on October 19th, 2018!::
Orion's Reign are back with their second full-length studio album, "Scores of War", set for an October 19th release by Pride & Joy Music.
Artwork by: Stan W. Decker
The album was engineered, mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios (Powerwolf, Arch Enemy, Dragonforce, Amorphis etc.), in Sweden by Jens Bergen, Linus Corneliusson and Orion's Reign, includes 11 tracks of epic/symphonic metal.
The band continues the music path it had already begun with the previous album "Nuclear Winter", offering this time a full symphonic experience profoundly influenced by epic movie scores, with a complete orchestra, bombastic rhythms, massive choirs and guest appearances such as Tim Ripper Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth), Bob Katsionis (Firewind), Mark Boals (Malmsteen) and others.
The record is extremely diversified and contains much to explore, from Symphonic Speed Metal to catchy (Hard) Rock sounds, as well as operatic refrains filigreeing rich emotionality. The single "The Undefeated Gaul" is the first appetizer of the album, with fast riffs, heavy rhythm section and furious guitar solos! Stay tuned for more single releases!
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/orionsreign
PR: already has started; album available in Haulix
::: ONCE – debut album “After Earth” to be released on October 19th, 2018!”
ONCE is a metal band from North Rhine Westphalia (Germany), whose style can be described as Symphonic Metal.
The band was formed in 2012, when keyboarder Frank Wypchol, lead singer Alina Lesnik, guitarist Marco Paulzen and drummer Alexander Hey decided to create a full orchestrated metal project.
In 2013 ONCE released acoustic versions of their songs My Fairytale and Distorted Smiles, which were recorded and filmed as university project at the ArtEZ Conservatorium in Enschede/NL. Afterwards ONCE worked on their demo EP, which was released 2015.
Their music-video of the single The Hour Of Eden's Fall gave a first impression of what is to come with their first full length studio album AFTER EARTH.
Check out the video at this link: https://youtu.be/nvYyHzYi_Us
Line-up: Alina Lesnik: Vocals & Lyrics; Marco Paulzen: Guitars, Bass & Grim Vocals; Frank Wypchol: Keys & Piano and Orchestrations; Alexander Hey: Drums
Orchestra and choir arrangements by Frank Wypchol
Produced by Frank Wypchol & Marco Paulzen
Recorded & Engineered by Marco Paulzen in Münster, Germany
PR: the PR for “After Earth” via Haulix will start early next week
::: Two new live videos from VIVALDI METAL PROJECT available, electric show announced! :::
"Tragic Serenade" - World Premiere at Kitee International Music and Art Festival (Finland) on July 15th 2018. A new song by Vivaldi Metal Project based on Franz Schubert's "Serenade" arranged and composed by Mistheria. Concept and Production by Mistheria. Lyrics (here below) by Douglas R. Docker. Digital Artwork by Adrian Olebinski. Production Assistance by Zhivko Koev.
Youtube link: https://youtu.be/vq6et8zqnxQ
Picture: Martti Rosendahl
Performers: Angel Wolf - Black, Dimitar Belchev, Tsena Stefanova (vocals) - Abigail Stahlschmidt (violin) - Mistheria (piano) - Quentin Cornet (guitar) - Joonas Tuuri (contrabass). Staff: Samppa Hirvonen (audio), Joonas Tarkkonen (lights), Ukko Torni (video), Zhivko Koev (digital artwork live sync), Plamen Dimov (management).
Also recorded at their unplugged show at Kitee International Music and Art Festival 2018 in Kitee (Finland), here's Vivaldi Metal Project version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" arranged by Mistheria.
Youtube link: https://youtu.be/RTvhgio_ORM
After the extremely successful unpugged tours, VIVALDI METAL PROJECT will play their first full electric show on September 23rd, 2018 in Bulgaria:
Current album: The Four Seasons
::: BLACK MAJESTY on tour, new album and lyric video! :::
To support their upcoming release “Children Of The Abyss”, BLACK MAJESTY will play some release gigs. These are the dates
08.09. AUS-Melbourne (with Dragonland)
27.09. D-Ludwigsburg, Beatklub (Schlagzeug Museum) (with Sebastien & Squealer)
28.09. D-Waldbronn, Soundcheck One (with Sebastien & Squealer)
06.10. BE-De Roeselare, De Verlichte Geest (with Squealer)
09.10. CZ-Prague, t.b.a.
26.10. AUS-Melbourne (album launch)
27.10. AUS-Sydney (album launch)
Watch the lyric video for “Something’s Goin On Here”:
Current album: Children Of The Abyss (out on Sept 21st on CD, vinyl and digital)
::: New video from EUNOMIA for the track “Last Stand”! :::
"Last Stand" is the second single from the debut Album from EUNOMIA which is entitled "The Chronicles Of Eunomia Pt.1". The record was released digitally and on CD on August 24th, 2018.
Video URL: https://youtu.be/8cgRuVMkiAASondre Sørensen Brøndstad – Drums Guests: Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer) – Guitarsolo David Aakeson (Quantice) – Vocal and choirs Kimmo Peramaki (ex-Celesty, Masquerage) – Vocal and choirs Artemij Ryabovol (December XII) – Vocal and choirs Sondre Sørensen Brøndstad – Drums Guests: Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer) – Guitarsolo David Aakeson (Quantice) – Vocal and choirs Kimmo Peramaki (ex-Celesty, Masquerage) – Vocal and choirs Artemij Ryabovol (December XII) – Vocal and choirs
Line-up on "Last Stand": Peter Danielsen – synth/orchestration and choirs; Marius Danielsen – Lead and rhythm guitars and choirs; Sondre Sørensen Brøndstad – Drums
Guests: Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer) – Guitar solo; David Aakeson (Qantice) – Vocal and choirs; Kimmo Peramaki (ex-Celesty, Masquerage) – Vocal and choirs; Artemij Ryabovol (December XII) – Vocal and choirs
Eunomia is a Power Metal band from Norway formed in 2011 by Peter Danielsen. The group released a demo EP called “Crystal Sword” in 2013, and started writing and recording the debut album “Chronicles Of Eunomia Part 1” in 2016. After two years in the making, the record is finally ready to be unleashed.
It is set place in the fantasy world of Valley Doom and Eunomia created by the two brothers Marius and Peter Danielsen.
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::: LIONCAGE – new video for “Black Water” available! :::
This is the official video clip for the track "Black Water" from the band LIONCAGE. The song is taken from the upcoming Album "Turn Back Time" which will be released on September 21st, 2018!
Video URL: https://youtu.be/kz7OWOnGMC0
For more Information, please visit:
new album: “Turn Back Time” (out: Sept. 21st, 2018)
:::New release: Newman – Decade II:::
In 1997 Singer, songwriter Steve Newman formed the band Newman and since 1998 have been producing consistently high quality albums filled with hook laden songs and thought provoking lyrics. Today, the band consists of Steve Newman (Vocals, Guitar), Pete Newdeck on Drums, Shaun Bessant (Guitar, Vocals), Paul Boyle (Keyboards, Vocals), Dave Bartlett (Bass, Vocals).
On September 21st, 2018 NEWMAN will now release a double CD with 34 of their finest songs on AOR Heaven to celebrate the band’s 20th recording anniversary. Steve Newman says: “So here we are again, oh, but hang on, we’re another 10 years (after the decade I release) down the line on this musical journey. I can’t believe how quickly those years have gone by!! I wanted to keep the concept for this collection the same as the previous release, so once again, I am proud and excited to present to you another double CD re-performed and re-recorded featuring 35 songs from 2007 right through to 2017. 20 years since Newman first released the debut album, and I still get the same excitement and joy from recording and performing music. In the last 10 years the live band has gone from strength to strength and I am now surrounded by a bunch of really good friends who bring these songs to life whenever we play. My drive to write and perform is a selfish quest, however, my inspiration is you, everyone that supports my music, and the wonderful compliments I receive on a daily basis, thank you for your belief, this one is for you.” Steve Newman
Disc 1 features 17 songs from the 2007 album “Primitive Soul” through “The Art Of Balance”, “Under Southern Skies”, “Siren”, and finally the 2015 album “The Elegance Machine”.
Disc 2 features another 17 songs, some that were written and even recorded, but not included on the final releases, songs that were written for other artists and 2 songs that were originally released as Japanese bonus tracks. There are some songs, as before, that were “works in progress” especially recorded for this release and also another 6 songs from the “Aerial” sessions.
Cd 1: 01 Hero To Zero, 02 Heading For Your Heart, 03 Ghost In The Night, 04 Feel Her Again, 05 Stay With Me, 06 The Elegance Machine, 07 Killing Me, 08 Primitive Soul, 09 Endless, 10 Fire With Fire, 11 Scar Of Love, 12 15 Minute Revolution, 13 She Walks In Silence, 14 Under Southern Skies, 15 Had Enough, 16 Tumble Down, 17 For The Man I Am
Cd 2: 01 Breaking The Barrier, 02 Girl Found Love, 03 Liar, 04 One More Night With You, 05 Fight No More, 06 She's The Woman, 07 Nightmare, 08 Angel, 09 World Keeps Turning, 10 In Too Deep, 11 The More I Love, 12 Crossed My Heart, 13 A Witness To Love's Decline, 14 Does It Feel The Same?, 15 Race Of A Lifetime, 16 Never Becomes Again, 17 My Fantasy
Fore more information: www.facebook.com/Steve.Newman.Music
Soundfiles in advance:
:::New signing with debut release coming on September 21st, 2018: ATLAS:::
ATLAS is a Melodic Rock band from the North of England that is comprised of 5 young musicians, i.e. James Thorley (Keyboards, programming and percussion), John Moss (Lead Guitars), Howie Little (Lead Guitars), Chris Redfearn (Bass Guitar) and Craig Wells (Lead Vocals). Keyboard player Thorley founded the band in early 2017 with the intention to create a band that centered its roots around the AOR and Melodic Rock genre whilst delving into other areas of Hard Rock, Metal, Progressive and even Jazz. 5 keyboard demos were produced by Thorley during the first few months of 2017.
The name ‘Atlas’ came from the working title for these demos, which would soon be molded into the songs heard on the bands’ debut EP ‘World In Motion’. ATLAS drew heavily on influences stemming from the AOR classic standards of Toto and Journey to the modern era of Work of Art and W.E.T with subtle progressive elements of Dream Theater mixed in to forge the early sound heard throughout their EP. The recording and mixing duties fell upon keyboard player James Thorley. Sam Millar of UK rock band Bigfoot contributed to the backing vocals on this EP which got self-released through their band camp website in late August 2017. The end of 2017 found the band achieve three awards from AOR Underground (A feature of Powerplay magazine) for ‘Independent album of year 2017’ for their release of the EP ‘World in Motion’, ‘Best Newcomer of 2017’ and ‘Song of the year’ with ‘Lost in The Moment’. This momentum and growing social media following provided the stepping-stone for the bands next endeavor. With strong motivation and after almost a year of working together as a band they were now eager to start collaborating on new material using the stronger aspects of their EP as a cornerstone.
The writing sessions for the debut album officially started in December 2017 and continued for 8 months. The band were given an opportunity in June to have a break from the album production when they were approached by UK Melodic Rock band Vega to open up for them and AOR Heaven rockers Midnite City in support of their latest album tour. Rob Evans of Powerplay Magazine had helped the band get in contact with Georg Siegl, the founder of AOR Heaven, and after discussions between the band and Siegl a contract was drawn up.
The album name ‘In Pursuit of Memory’ reflects the nature and themes of the songs heard throughout the album. With a common theme throughout the album being self-reflection, healing and learning from mistakes one has made; with lyricists Thorley, Moss and Wells all penning at least one track centered on those themes. The album was recorded and engineered by keyboard player James Thorley at his studio ‘The Woodshed”. Thorley also took on the role of the producer as he did on the bands previous self released EP.
Sam Millar of Bigfoot provided ‘guest vocals’ on the album as well; his vocal harmony contributions can be heard throughout most of the tracks and add a much desired AOR factor that the band often desire in their songs. Christoffer Borg (Taste, Art Nation) was chosen as the mixing and mastering engineer on ‘In Pursuit of Memory’. Borg’s credit’s, which include Anthrax, Evergrey & Kee Marcello gave the group confidence that he would be able to do the variety of songs they had written the justice it sonically deserved.
Soundfiles in advance:
:::New video from HEARTWIND available! :::
Swedish Melodic Rock group HEARTWIND releases their new video for the track “Too Late For Roses” from the album “Higher And Higher” feat. Tåve Wanning on guest vocals.
Check the clip out here: https://youtu.be/NuIR7iudH0o
German Hard Rock veterans DARK SKY return to the scene with a live CD/DVD digi-pak release entitled “Once”. The release is scheduled for August 18th, 2018 on Metalapolis Records. Please contact us with your requests for this band.
Founded as a school band in Rottweil/Germany in the early 80’s, DARK SKY was on the international map in the mid 90’s for the first time with the debut album „Believe It“, which had big success in Asia, especially in Malaysia. 2002 saw the release of the second album „Edge Of Time“, which brought them on the map in their home country as well. It was followed by „Living & Dying“ and „Empty Faces“, which showed the band from their harder side without losing their trademark melodies.
In 2012 they released „Initium“, a concept album, also produced (like the previous two) by producer Markus Teske (SYMPHONY X, VANDEN PLAS).
Due to personal circumstances, DARK SKY were not able to tour with this album, but they played a few shows here and there. One of them was a support gig in their hometown for the Swedish superstars EUROPE. This show was filmed and recorded for the band’s first live CD and DVD. The DVD only contains the show, while the CDs was extended with 6 new studio tracks. One of them is a cover of the Pia Zadora classic „When the Rain Begins To Fall“.
DARK SKY are better than ever and ready to hit the stage again. A tour as special guests for Swedish Melodic Rockers TREAT for November 2018 has been booked already!
Frank Breuninger – vocals; Steffen Doll – guitars; Claudio Nobile – keyboards; Lutz Aicher – bass; Uwe Mayer – drums
Believe It (2000), Edge Of Time (2002), Living & Dying (2005), Empty Faces (2008), Initium (2012), Once (2018)
German label AOR Heaven has extended their collaboration with Swedish Melodic Rock group TASTE who will release their second album “Moral Decay” on August 31st, 2018!
The PR for this release via Haulix will start tomorrow.
TASTE was born on the day before New Year’s Eve 2009, when the two brothers, Christoffer and Felix Borg decided to make music together. The vision was to make classic 80s AOR, greatly inspired by FM, Giant and Strangeways.
Signing a deal with AOR Heaven, the self-titled album was released January 2013. The album received a lot of good reviews for their classic keyboard driven sound. After doing a few live performances the brothers joined ART NATION. During this time, Christoffer started study to become a music producer and they decided to leave TASTE aside until there was enough time to do it properly.
After a four year hiatus the brothers finally found the time to work together again. With a brand new single, ”We Are Back ”, released on their own, they signed a new deal with AOR Heaven, and in August 2018 they’ll release their highly anticipated second album, ” Moral Decay ”.
“Moral Decay” is recorded and mixed at Top Floor Studios, Gothenburg, by Christoffer Borg (Anthrax, Amaranthe, Danko Jones). The album is mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica).
Christoffer Borg - Vocals, Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Bass and Synth
Felix Borg - Drums, Bass, Clean & Acoustic Guitars and Synth
Taste - Taste (2014)
Taste - Moral Decay (2018)
Soundfiles in advance:
Press link: www.metalheaven.net/press
Swedish Hard Rock band FREE FROM SIN have extended their collaboration with PRIDE & JOY MUSIC and will release their second album entitled “II” on the German Metal label on July 20th, 2018!
The key information about this release is found below.
The album will be submitted to all contacts via Haulix on May 30th, 2018. Please make sure that you’ll have followed the Haulix instructions for the one-off opt-in process until then as we’ll be only able to send promo material from May 25th, 2018 to all media who officially will have had opted-in until then.
Product: Free From Sin – II
Release date: July 20th, 2018
Label: Pride & Joy Music
Free From Sin’s self-titled debut album was released in mid 2015. After good sales, reviews and press feedback, the Swedish based group is now back with a vengeance and with a new record called “Free From Sin II”!
The band has added new band members to the line-up which resulted in a much darker & heavier sounding release in comparison to the first one. Free From Sin is again going back to basics, with a classical 5 piece line-up, with hammond organ, guitar, bass & drums together with aggressively vivid vocals and now is featuring Per Englund (ex-Blacksmith, vocals), Patrik Lämborg (guitars), Fredrik Strömberg (keyboards), Ulf Kronsell (bass) and Paul Ekdahl (drums).
There is a clear message and thought throughout the lyrics, this in combination with massive guitar riffs will for sure capture the listener's attention and mind...….cast the second stone!
With strong influences from Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Rainbow, Iron Maiden etc., Free From Sin is again merging these ingredients in riff- based songs together with a modern sound. “II” was again produced by Mankan Sedenberg with Free From Sin at Pama Studios, Sweden.
Line-up: Per Englund (vocals), Patrik Lämborg (guitars), Fredrik Strömberg (keyboards), Ulf Kronsell (bass), Paul Ekdahl (drums)