NEWS

This month with news from: Dan Reed Network, Jean Beauvoir & Care Of Night

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::: DAN REED NETWORK – returning to AOR Heaven with the album “Origins”! :::

The Dan Reed Network are ecstatic to follow up their UK November Tour announcement with details of their brand new studio album Origins on Friday,  November 23rd 2018 via AOR Heaven (physical: in Europe without the UK; digital: all of Europe). Origins follows DRN’s hugely successful comeback album Fight Another Day (2016).

      

To celebrate the announcement of their new album DRN are also extremely proud to share the first single Fade To Light with a music video they feel encapsulates the whole experience of recording Origins

Watch the music video for Fade To Light: https://youtu.be/XE_2VAj7Th8.

“The video for Fade To Light is taken from the inaugural live studio recording session at Blueprint Studios in Manchester and is the perfect microcosm for this entire process. What I think really translates throughout is how having an audience in the room fed the band with a unique energy that pushed us to expand our creative horizons. We’re thrilled with the results,” explains Dan Reed.

While recording the album DRN opened the studio doors to the public and invited them in to be a part of an exclusive series of recording sessions that spanned the globe with tracks that would eventually become Origins recorded at Blueprint Studio’s in Manchester, The Power Station in NYC, Nia Studios in Portland Oregon and finally Studio 4 in Stockholm.

Tracklist: 1. Fade to Light, 2. Ritual, 3. Right in Front of Me, 4. Forgot to Make Her Mine, 5. Shameless, 6. Let it Go, 7. One Last Time, 8. Rainbow Child

Soundfiles in advance:

DAN REED NETWORK - Fade To Light (Edit)

DAN REED NETWORK - Right In Front Of Me (Edit)

DAN REED NETWORK - Shameless (Edit)

Web: www.facebook.com/danreednetwork

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We will send the album to press & radio based in Europe (except for the UK) on Monday, October 1st.  

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::: JEAN BEAUVOIR . Rock Masterpieces Vol. 2 to be released November 23rd, 2018! :::

AOR HEAVEN is currently gearing up to release Vol 2. of 2 retrospective albums highlighting the music of Jean Beauvoir, November 2018. Jean Beauvoir: Rock Masterpieces Vol. 1 was released in July to rave reviews around the world and 10 out of 10 in UK’s PowerPlay Magazine, named the “Soundtrack of the Summer” in Sweden Rock Magazine with 8 out of 10, Classic Rock UK and Germany plus many others scoring it at the same high level. Vol. 2 features more songs from his solo career including his International multi-platinum debut "Drums Along the Mohawk" album, from his band Crown Of Thorns, his band Voodoo X, which also made music and video history and other fan favorites. As with Vol 1. the songs will be remastered.

     

Jean Beauvoir will also be headlining Germany’s prestigious “HEAT FESTIVAL” on December 1, 2018 in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

Tracklist: 1. The Healer, 2. Lost Cathedral, 3. Live And Die, 4. This Is Our House, 5. Motorcycle Loretta, 6. I Won’t Wait, 7. A Lover Like You, 8. Missionary Remedy, 9. I’m On Fire, 10. Never Went Down, 11. Winterland, 12. Same Song Plays On And On, 13. Searchin’ For A New Light, 14. Till the end, 15. No You Don’t, 16. Happy Birthday

Soundfiles in advance:

JEAN BEAUVOIR - Live And Die (Edit)

JEAN BEAUVOIR - Lost Cathedral (Edit)

JEAN BEAUVOIR - The Healer (Edit)

Web:

https://www.jeanbeauvoir.com/

https://www.facebook.com/JeanBeauvoirOFFICIAL/

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We will send the album to press & radio based in Europe (except for the UK) on Monday, October 1st.

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::: CARE OF NIGHT will return with “Love Equals War” on November 23rd, 2018! :::

Formed in 2009, the band released an EP in 2013 consisting of four songs that made a great impact among AOR-fans all over the world. Shortly afterwards Care of Night signed a deal with AOR Heaven and released their debutalbum “Connected” in January 2015, receiving great accolades. A triumphant performance at Nottingham festival 2015 cemented the popularity. Then came silence, members departing and other aspects of life as we know it.

     

Some three years later, the band awoke from the hiatus. New guitarist Viktor Öström Berg joined the band in late 2015 and thereafter the band started to write new material and recordings started in the summer of 2018, with Erik Wigelius (Wigelius) returning as producer. The new album ”Love equals War” offers a broad variety of music with the high-energy AOR numbers the band is known for mixed with songs containing a slightly progressive feel while never losing the melodic touch. ”Love equals War” is a most anticipated comeback from one of the finest bands in the AOR-genre.

Tracklist: 1. Love equals War, 2. Your perfection, 3. She leads you on, 4. All I got, 5. Hit, 6. Ivory Tower, 7. Cold as my heart, 8. Please don’t leave, 9. We will find a way, 10. At last

Soundfiles in advance:

CARE OF NIGHT - Hit (Edit)

CARE OF NIGHT - Love Equals War (Edit)

CARE OF NIGHT - She Leads You On (Edit)

Web: https://www.facebook.com/careofnight/

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We will send the album to press & radio based in Europe (except for the UK) on Monday, October 1st.

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Ab Ende Oktober wird die Band um Oliver Hartmann nun endlich mit dem aktuellen Album auf Club-Tour unterwegs sein, präsentiert vom GUITAR Magazin und Deutschlands Nr. 1 der Rocksender, der ROCKANTENNE!

Mit seiner Band HARTMANN sowie auch als fester Bestandteil des Megasellers AVANTASIA gilt Oliver Hartmann seit langem schon als begnadeter und weltweit gefragter Sänger und Gitarrist seines Genres. Des weiteren kennt man ihn auch als Kopf des europaweit erfolgreichen Pink Floyd Tributes ECHOES, als ehemaliger Sideman von ROCK MEETS CLASSIC und als Ex-Frontmann der Neo-Classic-Metaller AT VANCE. Schon seit dem ersten Album ’Out in the cold’ (2005) zählt HARTMANN zu den besten modernen deutschen Hardrock-Acts und hat im Sommer mit ’Hands On The Wheel’ das mittlerweile sechste Studioalbum veröffentlicht. Mit der Single ’Don’t want back down’ und dem grossartigen Duett ’Simple man’ mit MR BIG’s Frontmann Eric Martin erhielt das Album Top-Platzierungen in den Verkaufscharts von Amazon (#19 Hardrock / Metal) und erfreulich guten Kritiken in der weltweiten Presse. Nicht selten wurde es als das bis dato beste Album der Band bezeichnet.

HARTMANN 'HANDS ON THE WHEEL-TOUR '18/'19'!

präsentiert von Guitar & Rockantenne

25.09.18 DE - Weilburg / HP’s 42 

26.10.18 DE - Grebenhain / Vogelsberger Hof 

10.11.18 DE - München / Backstage Halle 

18.11.18 BE - Genk / Colosseum

06.12.18 DE - Duisburg / Steinbruch 

08.12.18 DE - Geiselwind / Christmas Bash Festival

17.01.19 DE - Aldenhoven / Rockheaven

18.01.19 DE - Nürnberg / Der Cult

19.01.19 CH - Trübbach / Jonny’s Lion Cave

31.01.19 DE - Weiher / Live Music Hall

01.02.19 DE - Calw / Saal 51

16.02.19 DE - Dortmund / Blue Notez Club 

Web:

www.oliverhartmann.com

www.facebook.com/HartmannBand

www.youtube.com/oliverhartmann

This month with news from: Atlas, Heartwind, Midnite City, Newman & White Widdow.

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::: MIDNITE CITY return with new album; first video released! :::

Following on from their explosive self-titled debut album last year, MIDNITE CITY return all guns blazing on 19th of October 2018 via AOR Heaven with their sophomore release 'THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHHOOD' - eleven tracks of fist pumping, high energy, feel-good, hair metal of the highest order!

      

The lush melodies, huge choruses and gargantuan hooks found on their debut album are all here in abundance alongside some true modern day glam anthems, fun commercial party rock, moody mid-paced hard rockers and heart wrenching power ballads big enough to light up an entire arena.

As with the first album, the winning formula has remained - all songs have been written by Rob Wylde, whilst Pete Newdeck has once again taken control of production, engineering and mixing duties.  With ‘THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD’ the band has literally stepped everything up several notches to unbridled, head splitting proportions. The guitars are big, the drums are huge, there are walls and walls of harmonies and more synths than you’d find this side of a classic Bon Jovi album. In a nutshell, this album has everything but the kitchen sink!

With shows all over the UK and Europe in 2017/ 2018, MIDNITE CITY's sound is tighter than ever before.

So if you long for a band that still look, sound and perform like those long lost million selling forgotten bands of the late 80's/ early 90's, MIDNITE CITY and 'THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD' is the album for you. Don’t forget to catch MIDNITE CITY tearing it up live all over the UK, Europe and beyond in their own inimitable, arena rock style in 2018/ 2019…  

Check out the video for “Give Me Love” on Youtube via this link: https://youtu.be/awJRuLagNDw

Soundfiles in advance:

MIDNITE CITY - Here Comes The Party (Edit)

MIDNITE CITY - Life Ain't Like This On The RAdio (Edit)

MIDNITE CITY - You Don't Understand Me (Edit)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/midnitecityuk

PR start: September 11th, 2018

Release date “There Goes The Neighbourhood”: 19.10.2018

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::: WHITE WIDDOW aim for “Victory” from October 18th, 2019! :::

Formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2008 and centered around the Millis brothers Jules (Vocals - ex Tigertailz) & Xavier (Keyboards - 2 x Aria Nominee) and guitar virtuoso Enzo Almanzi. Raised on a healthy diet of 80’s Arena Rock and influenced by artists such as Survivor, Foreigner, Journey, Night Ranger, Starship, Dokken and Australia's own Rick Springfield. In 2010 White Widdow signed with the AOR Heaven label and stormed onto the Melodic Rock scene across the globe with the release of their self-titled debut album throughout Europe.

After four successful studio albums and numerous live appearances, the Australians now return with their 5th record which is entitled “Victory”.

2018 has seen White Widdow re-enter the studio, celebrating ten years since the band began and an album cover that throws back to the style of their debut. "Victory" incorporates a strong Pomp element in the songs along with White Widdow's traditional classic 80's AOR sound, the band allowing their influence of bands like Giuffria and White Sister to really come through. Featuring over the top pompus keyboards, stacked harmony vocals from the Millis brothers and Enzo Almanzi's tasty solos throughout. White Widdow are set to perform at Rockingham in the UK in support of the new album, followed by a tour through Spain, Greece and their native Australia.

White Widdow are: Lead Vocals - Jules Millis; Keyboards & Vocals - Xavier Millis; Guitars - Enzo Almanzi; Bass - Ben Webster; Drums - Gavin Hill

Soundfiles in advance:

WHITE WIDDOW - Fight For Love (Edit)

WHITE WIDDOW - Second Hand Heart (Edit)

WHITE WIDDOW - Victory (Edit)

PR start: September 11th, 2018

Release date “Victory”: 19.10.2018

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Web: www.facebook.com/whitewiddowaor

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::: New promo video for „One More Night“ from NEWMAN available!“:::

In order to promote the new compilation album “Decades II”, NEWMAN have released a new promo video for the song “One More Night”.

Here comes the Youtube link: https://youtu.be/XKRi6a2tO30

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Release date “Decades II”: September 28th, 2018

Web: www.newmansound.com

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:::ATLAS release “Breath Me In” as lyric video!:::

     

To promote their upcoming debut album “In Pursuit Of Memory”, British Rock band ATLAS released a lyric video for the track “Breath Me In”:

https://youtu.be/dSJ9kQCx5GI

Release date “In Pursuit Of Memory”: September 28th, 2018.

Web: https://www.facebook.com/atlasprojectuk

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HEARTWIND release new video for “Higher And Higher”!

Swedish Melodic Rock group HEARTWIND just released a new video from the current album “Higher And Higher”.

     

Check out the clip for the title track at this link: https://youtu.be/VP6CjEzPY7I

Current album: Higher And Higher (AOR Heaven, 2018)

www.heartwind.se www.facebook.com/Heartwindtheband

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This month with news from: Black Majesty, Eunomia, Lioncage, Once, Orion’s Reign, Vivaldi Metal Project, and a tour date update.

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::: 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!

Website: http://www.orionsreign.com

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/orionsreign

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Orions-Reign/32671965675?fref=ts

PR: already has started; album available in Haulix

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::: 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 music of ONCE is inspired by neo-romantic soundtrack music and includes typical elements of a classical Aristotelian drama, combined with heavy guitars and drums.

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

www.once-official.de

https://www.youtube.com/once-official

https://www.facebook.com/pg/once.official.music

PR: the PR for “After Earth” via Haulix will start early next week

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::: 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:

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1867519573340936/

Current album: The Four Seasons

Web: www.vivaldimetalproject.com

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::: 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

BLACK MAJESTY

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”:

https://youtu.be/9CI_plYR2GY

Current album: Children Of The Abyss (out on Sept 21st on CD, vinyl and digital)

www.blackmajesty.com

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::: 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.

For more Information, please visit:

www.facebook.com/Eunomiaband

::: 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:

www.lioncage.de

www.facebook.com/classicrockfromgermany

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:

NEWMAN - Breaking The Barrier (Edit)

NEWMAN - Girl Found Love (Edit)

NEWMAN - One More Night With You (Edit)

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:::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.

https://atlasmusicuk.bandcamp.com https://www.facebook.com/atlasprojectuk https://twitter.com/Atlasmusicuk https://www.instagram.com/atlasprojectuk

Soundfiles in advance:

ATLAS - Bad Habit (Edit)

ATLAS - Breathe Me In (Edit)

ATLAS - Samsara (Edit)

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:::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

For more information on HEARTWIND: www.heartwind.se and www.facebook.com/Heartwindtheband

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