product: Halls Of Oblivion - Endtime Poetry
release date: 21.06.2019
Not to be forgotten: Halls of Oblivion!
Unlike their name might suggest, HALLS OF OBLIVION will stick in one’s memory. Deep in the gloomy "halls of oblivion", a tender melody and a whispered word suddenly become a roaring composition with brutal riffs and heavy words. Merciless and honest, the depths of the human soul are awaiting the listener within fictional walls. Internal unrest seeks its way through silence and oblivion in an aggressive and desperate way, thereby obtaining a hearing. Goose bumps guaranteed!
The creations of the four handsome men from Vaihingen/Enz represent a cruel, sorrowful ambiance. Halls of Oblivion unveil themes that are often kept secret but should not be forgotten. In doing so, they demonstrate their musical skills and sense of the subtleties of melodic death metal. Influences of black and doom metal complement the use of synthesizers, thus creating a unique atmosphere.
Since their foundation in 2007/2008, HALLS OF OBLIVION were able to refine their style through personal and common experiences. Since then, it has become more and more apparent what eventually took shape in 2014: A blend more peaceful than melodic death metal, more melodic than black metal, more harmonic than death metal - yet equally complex, graceful and merciless as our existence.
The music is mainly written by vocalist and rhythm guitarist Sebastian Ruf, who gives the songs a black metal vibe; as well as lead guitarist Marcel Welte, who skillfully brings it in accordance with melancholic melodies. Markus Kristen is responsible for the recordings and bass guitar, thereby anchoring the harmonic framework of the songs, while Markus Weber provides the final creative touches with his drumming. The longtime friends are an experienced team that is ready to become popular well above the ceiling of the halls.
The album was produced by Benjamin Hölle and Timo Fielker from the German Modern extreme Metal band MINDEAD. Timo also did some guest vocals on “Walking Dead” and “Last Glance Of The Sun”. Step inside - the halls of oblivion!
product: Rob Moratti - Renaissance
release date: 21.05.2019
label: AOR Heaven
Rob Moratti is a genuine and true original. With an astonishing range, he's carved such a unique style blending the finest elements of melodic and progressive rock.
He started his career professionally in the early 90's as lead vocalist and songwriter of the band Moratti; entering the new millennium with Final Frontier. They immediately were well received making an impact on the airwaves of Japan and in Europe. Rob's future went forward with Final Frontier, soaring out four incredible melodic pieces.
Over the years in spite of all the changes in the music scene, Rob's perseverance and passion stood strong. His fate is so undeniable it captured the attention of multi-platinum selling and legendary progressive rock band SAGA. In 2008 the official announcement was made that Rob Moratti would become the new voice of Saga and at the age of 42 Rob's destiny would evolve.
Today his solo career has taken off quite well. Now in 2019, the singer is about to deliver his strongest solo record ever titled "Renaissance" which marks his first release with AOR Heaven. When it comes to songs, melodies, harmonies and range - as many know - Rob Moratti is in a league of his own.
The songs on "Renaissance" are astonishing as ever. Filled with his trademark harmonies and memorable chorus's that will capture the listener and engrave your soul. Working alongside with some the best songwriters and performers in the genre such as Torben Enevoldsen on guitars, Fredrik Bergh on keyboards, Stu Reid on drums and Tony Franklin on the Monster Bass.
product: Nitrate - Wide Open
release date: 21.06.2019
label: AOR Heaven
Nitrate is back bigger & better with their second album‘Open Wide’ following on from their successful and highly rated debut ‘Realworld’ from 2018. Inspired by the late 80’s rock scene with bands such as Def Leppard, Europe, Motley Crue, and Bon Jovi, Nitrate is the brainchild of song writer Nick Hogg (bass guitar/keyboards).
Once again, Rob Wylde (Midnite City/ Tigertailz/ Teenage Casket Company) co-wrote, produced the album and played rhythm guitar. Back on drums & mixing is Pete Newdeck (Midnite City, Eden’s Curse, Blood Red Saints, Newman). New to Nitrate are Marcus Thurston (Vega) who took over lead guitar duties and on lead vocals and, all the way from Sweden, Philip Lindstrand (Find Me, East Temple Avenue, Strong). The mastering was once again handled by Harry Hess (Harem Scarem). Nitrate’s follow up album packs more punch than the first, with a more edgier, in your face feel complete with 10 hard hitting Hair Metal/AOR/Melodic Rock tracks with all out hooks and big backing vocals.
product: X-Romance - Voices From The Past
release date: 24.05.2019
label: AOR Heaven
X-ROMANCE was initially a project starting in 2015 as an offspring to the original band ROMANCE from 1988 founded by Anders "LA" Rönnblom & Thomas Widmark. In the fall of 2015, Anders was going through a box of old tapes and found the old ROMANCE recordings. He called up Thomas and because he thought that these tapes were too good to be put in a box and stored in a closet. In the following time, they went through all the tracks and re-recorded them. Widmark started to look for musicians in the Stockholm area. There were no problems to find guys who wanted be a part of this project; it was rather harder to find the right guys for the job.
X-ROMANCE consists of an experienced line-up with musicians with a lot of experience in the music industry who now have come together to deliver this fresh Melodic AOR masterpiece called “Voices From The Past”.
The album was recorded and mixed at REFLECTION SOUNDS STUDIO, Stockholm and engineered and produced by Tomas Rosenberg & Thomas Widmark. Mastered by Tomas Rosenberg, REFLECTION SOUNDS STUDIO, Stockholm
product: Diviner - Realms Of Time
release date: 07.06.2019
label: Ulterium Records
PR territory: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
DIVINER is a heavy/power metal band from Greece founded by long-time friends and music partners Yiannis Papanikolaou (vocals) and Thimios Krikos (guitar) in the summer of 2011. The two of them also formed the well known Greek heavy/power metallers InnerWish back in 1995 playing in their debut album “Waiting for the Dawn” (1998) but after this release they had a long break of different musical quests.
Their new vision was to proudly express themselves by creating and playing something powerful, intense, deep, heavy, dark, melodic and inspired that at the same time would sound up to date. All this without losing the elements that reflect the essence of pure and timeless magic of metal music.
They were joined in the band by George Maroulees (guitar), Herc Booze (bass) and Fragiskos Samoilis (drums) and a deal was inked with the Swedish label Ulterium Records.
The debut album “Fallen Empires” was released in November 2015 and received very good reviews and feedback from around the world. After the release of the album the band played many shows and big festivals in Greece and also in Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland, and became known for being a great and energetic live band gaining a strong following.
Thimios Krikos left the band in 2017 due to a heavy and conflicting schedule and was replaced by Kostas Fitos.
Diviner entered Devasoundz Studios in Athens with producer Fotis Benardo in summer 2018 to record their second album “Realms of Time”. This time they decided to expand their music horizons, exploring more territories, adding new elements in terms of lyrics, melodies, riffs and atmosphere, making their songwriting more interesting and better. The band worked really hard on coming up with the best compositions, arrangements and production as possible for the ten songs they set out to record.
The final result show improvements on every level since the band’s debut album and “Realms of Time” won’t leave fans of heavy and power metal disappointed. The album is heavy, melodic and epic and it’s full of energy, power and emotion. Follow Diviner into the Realms of Time!
production: Floating Worlds - Battleship Oceania
release date: 17.05.2019
label: Pride & Joy Music
PR territory: world -UK,-JP
It all began around 1998, when two long time friends who used to spend their summer vacation together, Andreas V. – guitar and Vagelis Lekos – bass, decided to form a band, eventually named “Floating Worlds”, after various changes.
After a lot of failed attempts to record their first songs, they succeeded in completing their first album, titled “Only A Dream, Can Kill A Dream…” in the autumn of 2007. Following the completion of the recordings, the obvious need to promote the new record through live performances, made the search for permanent band members imperative and finally the first gig of the “Only A Dream… Tour ’10 – ‘12”, took place on May 2010.
This tour came to an end after 17 gigs in July 2012 with a lot of lineup changes, of which the most important and crucial for the future of the band, was the taking over of the male vocals by Jon Soti, on November 2011.
The band entered the studio in December 2012, in order to record their second full length studio album, entitled “Below The Sea Of Light” which was released on October 1st 2013.
In February 2014, the premiere show of the “Sea Of Light Tour ’14 – ‘15” took place in Athens, Greece. The milestone of this period definitely was the first European tour of FLOATING WORLDS in March 2015, simultaneously with the return of Sophia Assarioti on keyboards and female vocals and the taking over of the bass by Mike Papadopoulos.
In November 2015, the “Sea Of Light Tour ’14 – ‘15” ended with four memorable shows in Serbia and immediately afterwards, the group entered a two year period of composing the songs of their third album entitled “Battleship Oceania”, the recordings of which were completed in the end of 2017 with Nikitas Mandolas on drums.
“Battleship Oceania” is going to be the first concept album from FLOATING WORLDS, narrating the story of a legendary battleship and its crew. Through the unexpected revelations and events that take place as the story evolves, the listener takes a close look at the ugly face of war, the manipulations of vain people interested in power and money and the obscure role of global media but he also has the opportunity to witness the self-sacrifice for the greater good, the sincere repentance and the greatness of forgiveness.
In order to celebrate the completion of this long task, the band performed a small number of shows, for the first time in Russia, in March 2018. “Battleship Oceania” is set to be released on May 17th 2019.
product: Dogface - From The End To The Beginning
release date: 17.05.2019
label: ScandiRock Records
Around 1998 Martin Kronlund had a few song ideas with roots in the 70’s and 80’s Hard Rock genre. Thin Lizzy was the main influence for Martin, but also Deep Purple and Rainbow. He started to write songs with other friends in this blended genre and planted a seed for what became Dogface. Martin contacted Anders Skoog who was involved with earlier projects like Gypsy Rose. Anders recently bought a Hammond C3 organ, and this was the right sound for Dogface. Patrik Engelbrektsson and Stefan Egeman where invited to join the group on drums and bass. Recordings for the first album started in 1998. A few singers where involved but something was missing. Anders contacted Mats Levén who he had worked with him before in different projects. Mats came to the studio and recorded ”You’re taking me down” as the first song. It sounded amazing and Dogface were thrilled by his way of singing Hard Rock and his Glenn Hughes influences.
Thanks to Magnus Söderqvist, the Swedish group signed a deal with German record company MTM Music and released ”Dogface Unleashed”. This album was rated by several reviewers as the ‘best Melodic Hard Rock release in Europe’ in the year of 2000.
Later in the same year, the recordings for the second album ”In Control” began. Kronlund had opened a new, huge studio and also invested in a classic SSL 4000E console. Mats Levén had also cut his hair, so this all marked a new, fresh beginning for the second Dogface album. After this release a long brake for the Dogface followed until they recorded ”Back On The Streets” in 2013. Members were changed and Kronlund and Levén remained the only original members on this record.
”Dogface Releashed” was released in 2018 by Melodic Rock Records. This is a remastered and remixed version of the ”Dogface Unleashed” record. The band then decided that this release is going to be the last Dogface album. They say: “We are very proud of what we have accomplished and want to thank our fans and believers for all the great years. The new release ”From the end to the beginning” now is a compilation with material from the three albums with the songs that we feel represents the Dogface sound the best. We hope that you feel the same!”.