This month with news from Carl Dixon & Keen Hue!
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::: CONEY HATCH frontman CARL DIXON releases new solo album “Unbroken” on November 29th, 2019! :::
Dixon’s solo debut ‘One’ (1993), appears to have been a pretty obvious move for a man of his standing (at least from the European perspective). Carl, born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario had come to prominence in the early 80s as one of the frontmen for the critically acclaimed Canadian hard rock band Coney Hatch.
However, having released three albums between 1982 and 1985, Dixon had become pretty disillusioned with his career at that point; tired of the many frustrations that being on a major label (who don’t appear to care) brings on a touring band trying to get noticed. Ironically, as has been shown time and again, North American bands often appear to be curiously shielded from any success they may be achieving abroad. In Coney Hatch’s case there was another market out there bursting to embrace them in Europe, if only they’d known about it.
After focussing on songwriting for other artists for a while, eventually switching focus from North America, where Grunge was on the brink, to Europe, especially Germany, where Coney Hatch made a much bigger impact, Carl wouldn’t fully learn about it only until Coney Hatch’ performance at the 2014 edition of Firefest, England.
’One’ features fifteen songs, one of them (‘One Good Reason’) a co-write with Brett Walker, another one (‘Taste Of Love’) Aerosmith meets Def Leppard flavored.
Dixon’s first wife Stella ended up adding backing vocals alongside e.g. Mark Santer (Santers) or Mike Shotton (Von Groove). It took a month of recording in four different studios especially focussing on how the guitars sound. The Canadian still is very proud of it and about the fact that people still remember the album.
After being with The Guess Who and April Wine for a while and a horrible car crash in Australia in 2008, he’s back with Coney Hatch leading to the 2013 record ‘Four’ and has released a couple of solo records since. Additionally, he’s having a brand new solo effort by the name of ‘Unbroken’ coming out soon on with he collaborated with Frontline’s Robby Böbel.
After the re-issue of the classic album “One” in October 2019, November sees the release of the first collaboration between Carl and Robert Boebel, a long-time stalwart on the German music scene with bands like Frontline and Phantom V, among many. The result is the new release, Carl Dixon UNBROKEN, a powerfully sung and performed album that reaches the heights of AOR Melodic Rock. Memorable hooks, strong melodies, great guitar playing and production, and drumming performed by Mark Santer (Santers) and newcomer Dylan Gowan (Vesperia, Cardinal Street).
Audio video in advance: https://youtu.be/uJIqg5pSHr4
::: KEEN HUE return with a trip back to their “Heydays” on November 29th, 2019! :::
On a summer´s day 1978, bass player Lars-Åke loaded his amp and speaker onto his bicycle trailer, heading for the first meeting and rehearsal with guitarist Åke and drummer Anders.
This was the start of KEEN HUE. At that time the band was exclusively playing covers from bands such as HURRIGANES and RAMONES. Three years later, the second guitarist Stefan and new drummer Peter joined the band. At this point they started to write their own music, influenced by acts like JUDAS PRIEST and BLACK SABBATH. As they were living in the same little village, the band was rehearsing almost everyday in the basement of Stefan’s parents´ house. When his mother started popping pills and his father’s hair turned white, they changed location. Next stop, Peter’s parents’ house.
Still rehearsing and gigging local venues, in the autumn of 1982, KEEN HUE also recorded and released their first 2-track single (“Spread Your Wings Of Fire/One Of Two“). The boys paid for it themselves and 500 copies were made. Another three years later, 1985, English record label Ebony Records signed the band for an LP. After the release of that album (“Ogre King“), the band had a good response from all over Europe and several countries around the world. Shortly thereafter, the band recruited bass player Kent so that Lars-Åke could focus on his vocals. The following years they did some touring in Sweden and in 1989 the singer Lars-Åke left KEEN HUE. After finding another frontman the band kept on writing songs and then released a CD in 1993 (“Juicy Fruit Lucy“). In the years to come, members changed but Stefan and Kent were still in the band, playing a lot, now under the name KEEN HUE-UNDER COVER.
Fast forward to 2018: Stefan came up with the idea to make new recordings of the old KEEN HUE-songs and contacted Lars-Åke, Åke, Kent and Peter. Everyone was onboard immediately recording the old songs with an updated sound. So here you are, 10 fresh songs written between 1981-1989. The HEYDAYS!
Lars-Åke "Plåtis" Nilsson, Vocals
Stefan Morén, Guitar
Åke "Krumme" Nyström, Guitar
Kent Jansson, Bass
Peter "Zeke" Ytterberg, Drums
Audio video in advance: https://youtu.be/lUEA3MafNi4
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