product: Crystallion - Heads Or Tails

release date: 19.02.2021

label: Pride & Joy Music

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Germany based Heavy Metal band CRYSTALLION was founded in 2003 by bassist Steve Hall and drummer Martin Herzinger. On their first two album releases, "A Dark Enchanted Crystal Night" and "Hattin", they offered a bombastic Metal sound with obvious influences from which came from groups like Rhapsody, Helloween or Dragonforce. Powerful riffs and hooks here met with elaborated songwriting and stirring melodies. Both releases were very well received by their permanently growing fanbase. Numerous live gigs and festival appearances in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic with bands such as Bonfire and Running Wild amongst others followed.

With the release of the album “Hundred Days” (2009), CRYSTALLION moved away from their double-bass orientated songwriting over to rather Heavy & Hard Rock colored songs – without losing their own roots. In 2012, the Bavarians played the Metal-Fest at the prestigious Lorely venue together with other artists like  Megadeth, Powerwolf & Edguy. The group’s fourth studio album “Killer” saw the light of day in the beginning of 2013 and continued to follow the Heavy & Hard Rock paths. 

A demo with four brand new tracks was sent to Pride & Joy Music in July 2018 and resulted in a new record deal for the band with this German Metal label. Unfortunately, singer Thomas Strübler soon afterwards, in May 2019, decided to leave the band after being a member for 15 years. His successor was found in female singer Kristina Berchtold. In Summer 2019, some festival appearances with Berchtold as frontwoman followed and included the Free & Easy Festival in Munich (with Queensryche and Rose Tattoo) and the „Trveheim“ Festival in Munich with  Riot V & Stormwitch. After a long break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CRYSTALLION returned onto stage in October 2020 at the Rockokfest in Landshut, Germany.

With Munich powerhouse singer Bertchold on the micro, the quartet now has managed to leave all Power Metal clichés behind and to start the work on their new album “Heads Or Tails” with fresh breath. This release will lead the way for CRYSTALLION and be finally available in stores from February 19th, 2020. Since July 2019, the experienced and versatile guitar player Werner Hießl from Linz, Austria is part of the line-up.

The album „Heads Or Tails” was produced by CRYSTALLION, engineered & mixed by Mario Lochert @ SeriousBlack Studios and mastered by Jan Vacik @ Dreamsound Studios. The artwork comes from Martin Herzinger @ Venusworksmedia.

CRYSTALLION is: Steve


product: Natural Born Machine - Human 

release date: 19.02.2021

label: Pride & Joy Music

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NATURAL BORN MACHINE is a new international Melodic Heavy Rock band founded in 2019 by bassist & composer Alberto Rigoni (solo, BAD As, Vivaldi Metal Project etc.) which features Pink Cream 69 singer David Readman, guitarist Alessio “Lex” Tricarico (BAD AS) and drummer Denis "Denzy" Novello (Ardityon) in the line-up.

The album was recorded and mixed at AR Studio in Treviso, Italy and mixed and mastered by Alberto Rigoni. A lyric video for the track “New Future” and a full video for “Moonchild” will be released upfront to the album; both tracks will be available as singles and instant grats as well. The artwork was designed by Andreas Ballnus (Disorderly Design).

"Human" will be released by Pride & Joy Music on February 19th 2021.


product: Mezmoria - Scars (digital single)

release date: 16.12.2020

label: self-released

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This is the first track and debut release from Swedish metal project MEZMORIA.
MEZMORIA was first founded in 2006 by Robin Jidhed (Ex. Creye) together with Eric Wikström (Hagwater) and Martin Floberg (Enbound). But after years of writing and recording life intervened and the project was put on ice. Until now.

After Robin’s departure from Creye he went on and felt it was time for another chapter of MEZMORIA. The circle was then completed when Eric and Martin said yes to take part once again, Eric as a lyricist and Martin on lead guitar. He then recruited the very talented Eric Skjuttorp (Chugger) on drums and David Åkesson (Qantice) on backing vocals.

The first release and debut single «SCARS» by MEZMORIA will be out Wednesday on December 16th on Spotify, Youtube, Itunes and other download/streaming services.

«SCARS» is written by Robin Jidhed and Eric Wikström.

Recorded in CREHATE STUDIOS, Gothenburg-Sweden, FYHR MUSIC PRODUCTIONS, Gothenburg-Sweden.
Produced by Robin Jidhed and Erik Wiss.
Mixed by Erik Wiss at Tone Tension Productions.
Mastered by Thomas ”Plec” Johansson at The Panic Room.
The single will be accompanied by an official music video.

MEZMORIA – Melodic and energetic metal.

MEZMORIA:
Robin Jidhed – Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard

Additional musicians:
Martin Floberg – Lead guitar
Eric Skjuttorp – Drums
David Åkesson – Backing vocals


product: Art Of Illusion - X Marks The Spot

release date: 29.01.2021

label: AOR Heaven

PR territory: Europe

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Art Of Illusion is a fusion of songwriter/producer Anders Rydholm, from the band Grand Illusion, and singer extraordinaire Lars Säfsund, from the band Work Of Art. “X Marks the Spot” is the first album from these Swedish musicians.

Melody is the key in their music and there is a homage to melodic rock and bands like Queen, Giant and Big Money. Catchy melodies, great hooks and tons of glorious vocals are the formula for success. Anders plays keyboards, bass and rhythm guitars, while Lars sings lead and background vocals and also contributes some keyboards. The album is produced by Anders and Lars.

Guests on the album are guitarists Jay Graydon, Muris Varajic, Kristian Larsen, Pelle Holmberg and Daniel Rydholm. Drummer Frank ”Frallan” Nilsson, background vocalist Per Svensson and steel guitar player Tony Paoletta also appear. Music is written by Anders Rydholm. Lyrics by Anders Rydholm, Arlene Matza-Jackson and Patrik Ahlm.

Lars Säfsund broke with his band Work Of Art and the album “Artwork“ in 2008. He has since then been an appreciated voice within the melodic rock genre. He’s also the voice for the bands Lionville and Enbound and one of the most hired background vocal singers in Sweden. Four appearances singing background vocals, for several countries, in the Eurovision Song Contest so far. Voice acting for Disney and other production companies, is another of Lars many skills.

Anders Rydholm has beside his own bands Grand Illusion and Code, worked with Overland, Seikima II and the legendary Japanese artist Demon Kakka. In combination with his songwriting and producing, Anders holds a position as senior lecturer in Music Production at the Linnaeus University, Vaxjo, Sweden.

The new album “X Marks The Spot“ from Art Of Illusion will be released through AOR Heaven in Europe in January.


product: Perticone - Underdog

release date: 29.01.2021

label: AOR Heaven

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Martin Perticone AKA “Underdog” is an artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina who’s been in the music industry since the age of 13, when he joined the band Fondo Blues as a lead singer and guitar player. Martin played in the Argentinean under circuits for more than 25 years but during the way also got to know many important people in the music industry that led him to become tour manager for artists like Eric Martin from Mr Big in 2007 or even being invited as a guest for Richie Kotzen’s Latin American Tour in 2008.

Martin has also toured around Latin America, USA, Europe and Hong Kong as a hired gun for many different artists until he finally decided to put more efforts on his solo career. That’s how his long-time friend Edu Giardina, a well-known artist in Latin America, would become his producer and mentor for his debut album “Underdog”. The mixture of AOR, Southern Rock and Country makes this album unique and different with amazing and powerful melodies all over the place. The album features guests such as Eric Martin (Mr Big) on both versions of “All You Can Trust” and Edu Giardina on “Man On The Moon”, and brings reminiscences from the late 80’s and 90’s but offers the best of current sounds and trends,  too. 

“Underdog” was recorded from March to December 2019 at RED Studios in Buenos Aires, Argentina and mixed and mastered by Guillermo Porro except for the drums which we recorded at Abismo Studios by Gonzalo Iglesias. The artwork was designed by Lucas Puch.

Perticone’s solo career has just begun and in only 2 months from his launch he’s got many followers and listeners from countries like Japan, Sweden, Brazil, USA to name some.


product: Tragedian - Seven Dimensions

release date: 29.01.2021

label: Pride & Joy Music

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Tragedian is a multicultural Metal band from Hamburg with a range of influences from Heavy Metal to Speed and Melodic Power Metal, taking their favorite elements from each genre and making their own interpretation.

Formed in 2002 by guitarist, songwriter and producer Gabriele Palermo, they have shared the stage with bands such as Mob Rules, Paragon, Pagan’s Mind, Dark Sky, The Unity, Burning Point and Cryonic Temple, including a support tour with the latter bands through Sweden and Finland in 2009.Tragedian also played at the 2019 edition of the Hamburg Metal Dayz.

The five-piece has released three albums with several collaborations from artists such as Kai Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray, Unisonic) and Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Serious Black, Outloud), and their fourth album “Seven Dimensions” with a new line-up which takes them to a different direction of Melodic Metal. It features 9 new heavy power speed anthems 3 previously released tracks newly reworked. “Para Siempre” is a reworked Spanish version or “Forever” originally released in 2013 on the second release ‘Decimation’.

“Seven Dimensions” was produced by Palermo and post-produced & mixed by Eike Freese (DEEP PURPLE, GAMMA RAY) at Chameleon Studios, Hamburg, This release showcases some guests performances including Wade Black (ex Crimson Glory & Leatherwolf) on “Bringer Of Dreams”, Zak Stevens (ex Savatage & Circle II Circle) on “Forces Of The Light” and Dan Palmer (Zebra Head, Death By Stereo) on “Out Of The Dark”. The front cover was designed by Cover artwork by Piotr Szafraniec. The CD version includes the two bonus tracks “Crying In The Rain” (duet version) and “Forces Of The Light” (Radio Edit).


product: Elegy Of Madness - Live At Fusco Theater (DVD)

release date: 29.01.2021

label: Pride & Joy Music

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ELEGY OF MADNESS is an Italian Symphonic Metal band founded in 2006 by Tony Tomasicchio which has released four albums in total - including “Invisible World” on Pride & Joy Music on January 24th, 2020.

The six-piece group was amongst the winning projects of the department of culture in their hometown of Taranto, Italy. This resulted in the realization and filming of a special show with the talented locally based GOJ Symphony Orchestra directed by Fabio Orlando and filmed at Fusco Theater on February 7th, 2020. This concert will now be released on DVD and as audio download & audio stream in co-operation with Pride & Joy Music on January 29th, 2021.


A very warm audience literally filled up the theater, witnessing the premiere live show for the new album "Invisible World". For this event, ELEGY OF MADNESS was supported by a group of local talents and experts: Peppe De Lorenzo (photos and video), Marco Principato, a really young and talented fashion designer who designed Anja's dresses, Natalia Testa, a great artisan and inventor of the beautiful jewelry which the band wore during the show; Associazione Studio Gaudio who handled the audio engineering, the charming voice of Angelo Bommino, director of the first diction school in Taranto, Daniele Chiloiro and Gianmarco Costella (extras) and the precious Joe Black Production for their help in organizing the event.

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