product: StOp sToP - Join The Party!

label: Metalapolis

release date: 17.04.2014

format: CD

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The story of stOp sToP is the story of their members!

The story of Jacob A.M, founder, singer and bassist, has been a wild one. Born in Menorca (Spain) he moved from Barcelona via Milano (Italy) to Los Angeles, USA! He lived in a van in Sunset Boulevard right behind the legendary Whiskey A Go Go always on the lookout to find just the right people for his band, which he did in October 2009!

Vega, the guitar player, has been tired of boring bands and thirsty for Rock’n Roll when he decides to join the group. His sleazy and AOR kinda playing makes him to live for what he always wanted to do:  Sex, Rock and more sex! Drummer Danny Stix is born in Sofia (Bulgaria) and was a huge fan oft he band when he was asked to join. He is a skinny boy with massiv hair and a bad ass, very loud drummer, the perfect soundmachine for he threepiece!

Following the release of their debut album "Unlimited" in the winter of 2010, the band received loads of good reviews from the Spanish rock magazines and radio stations and prospects looked good with sold out shows in one of Barcelona's major venue, 'Mephisto'. However, in spite of a measure of acclaim from local press and fanbase, a subsequent Spanish tour brought home the reality that the band would never attract enough support in Spain to make it to the 'big time' so at the end of October 2011 they left everything behind, bought a van, booked some gigs in U.K., upped sticks and moved! Not caring they had nowhere to stay, they gambled everything, living in a van like gypsies and continued rocking like hell!

Surprisingly, the UK response to "StOp SToP!" proved more than the band ever expected: the people really loved them, so they decided to stay on and tour for a further 7 months returning to Barcelona in July 2012 to record their second album. Since then the band is back touring in the UK and now they only have one more wish!

Everybody should JOIN THE PARTY! Don't miss it! Love them or hate them, these three undeniably play real, hard-rock. Madness and perversion are their favourite weapons!

product: Toto - 35th Anniversary Tour Live In Poland

label: Eagle Vision

release date: 25.04.2014

formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Deluxe Book, 2-CD

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Dieses spektakuläre Konzert im Rahmen ihrer 2013er Welttournee zeigt Toto bei den Feierlichkeiten ihres 35jährigen Jubiläums in der Atlas Arena im polnischen Lodz. Die abwechslungsreiche Show mit Hits und Klassikern wie „Africa”, „Rosanna”, „Hold The Line”, „I Won’t Hold You Back”, „Pamela”, „I’ll Be Over You” oder „Hydra” verkörpert die faszinierende Mischung aus handwerklichem Geschick, Herzblut und Vitalität, allesamt typische Markenzeichen der gesamten Laufbahn dieser Band. Die einzelnen Gruppenmitglieder haben auf vielen berühmten und erfolgreichen Alben der Rockgeschichte mitgewirkt, aber immer dann, wenn sie sich unter dem Toto-Banner treffen, entsteht etwas Einzigartiges und sehr Spezielles. Dies ist Toto in Bestform. Veröffentlicht wird „35th Anniversary Tour – Live In Poland“ parallel auch als DVD (EREDV1031), Doppel-CD (EDGCD531) und in einer besonders hochwertigen Deluxe-Buch-Edition (EREDV1030). Das beigefügte Bonusmaterial gewährt einen Einblick hinter die Kulissen.

product: Alien - Eternity

label: AOR Heaven

release date: 25.04.2014

format: CD

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ALIEN 1986-1989 - In late 1986 ALIEN recorded two songs; "Headstrong" and "I’ll Survive" at Studio Bohus. Virgin Scandinavia signed the band and released those two first singles. In the meantime, while touring Scandinavia, they wrote the album. Virgin believed in Alien to appeal to audiences in further territories, and hence rewrote our contract into a worldwide deal!

Late 1987, at ABBA's Polar Studio, the Swedes cut three songs with producer Mark Dearnley (AC/DC, Def Leppard). One being "Only One Woman" went on to top the charts and sell platinum.
The B-side, "Somewhere Out There", also got to #1 in the charts, for instrumentals!
After that the group relocated to the renowned Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, with producer Chris Minto (Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, Kiss), to record the album. Two songs featured in the 1988 remake of the 50’s Sci-Fi movie "the Blob"; "Feel My Love", plus "Brave New Love" in the end credits.

Back from the US, with "Only One Woman" sky-rocketing the charts, we brought the album on tour, beating box office records, being all over Swedish media!

While in London doing promo, ALIEN shot cover photos with Simon Fowler, and signed with Steve Barnett /Hard to Handle Management (Gary Moore, AC/DC). For the international launch Virgin America made a new album cover and some remixes by Duane Baron and John Purdell. Songs were cut out to include the first single with new singer Pete Sandberg, "The Air That I Breathe"/"Now Love". Pete replaced Jim in the fall of 1988, making his first appearance performing live on Swedish national TV.
New promo and cover photos were shot in LA as well as the video for "Tears Don't Put Out The Fire". Director Dough Freel was chosen mainly for his work on the Def Leppard (Hysteria album) videos.
Promotion, TV and a full summer of touring followed in 1989, bringing ALIEN’s biggest production to date on the road. “Tears Don’t Put Out The Fire" was chosen as the international single release. A couple more songs written during pre-production for the album were later published on the 1997 “Best & Rare” 2CD collection.

ALIEN 1990-2005 - Tony and Pete recorded and released “Shiftin’ Gear” in 1990, ending the Virgin era. In 1992 Tony formed a Stockholm based Alien, lasting for two albums at Eagle Records. After the release of “Crash” in 1994, having toured extensively, Tony called it quits. It was about time to put Alien on a long lasting hiatus.

In 2005 Tony and Jim got in touch and agreed to an offer by Frontiers Rec. for an Alien CD. Recording Dark Eyes was hard, though, living far apart, and after just a few shows Alien was put to rest… again. Jim and Tony realized that it would take the original line-up to make it sound like Alien.

ALIEN 2010- present - The original line-up eventually reunited, a handful of festivals were chosen - Sweden Rock (Cruise + Festival), Getaway Rock, Firefest a.o. A new single, Ready To Fly (Manora Rec), was cut to promote the reunion. It went down great with the crowd and especially the response at the first Firefest performance (2011) made the band really consider making this new record.

In 2013, the No Remorse/EMI re-issue CD (ltd 1000 copies) of Alien (s/t Scandinavian) reached No.1 in the import album chart in Japan and sold out. EMI Music Sweden released the back catalog, re-mastered for digi/download with some unreleased demos as bonus. "Alien - 25th Anniversary" 2CD deluxe edition highlighted the celebration of ALIEN’s debut album, selling out as well. "Shiftin' Gear +4" CD (AOR Heaven) bonus tracks shed some light on the fact that the original line-up wrote and pre-produced a sophomore album, before disbanding in late 1989.

Recordings of the new album started Aug 1st at Bohus Sound and continued throughout 2013,
taking a break only to perform at the Firefest 10th Anniversary show.
ALIEN decided to add a song, “I’m a fighter”, written back in the 80’s by their L.A. co-writers Pam Barlow and Janet Morrison Minto, as an homage to their co-work on the debut album. The regained contact with Pam and Janet led to them writing lyrics for this album as well.

product: SunStrike - Rock Your World

label: AOR Heaven

release date: 25.04.2014

format: CD

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SunStrike: A glare in the road that can temporarily blind drivers. But SunStrike will blind you with catchy melodies and big choruses!

The band was formed by guitarist Joachim Nordlund and the drummer Johan Lindstedt together with singer Christian Hedgren (Twilight Force, The Theander Expression) by the fall of 2012. You also find Joachim and Johan in the Swedish metal act Astral Doors. Right from the start the three guys had a very clear image in how the music should sound like: pure melodic hard rock was on the agenda.

When only a handful of songs were written they felt that the songs needed the touch of a real keyboard player. Up until then Joachim had done the keyboard parts on one or two songs. Christian knew a guy that would be perfect for the job, and after a cup of coffee and a handshake Fredrik Plahn (Prey) joined the force. They all felt that this is far too good to be just a project and after a couple of weeks a second guitar player, Mats Gesar (Thalamus) and bass player Björn Lundqvist (Twilight Force) joined the band that now got the name SunStrike.

Two demo songs were posted on the band’s facebook page in the summer of 2013, and immediately the word was out about this new  melodic rock outfit from Sweden. Radio stations started to play those songs and a couple of record companies showed their interest in the band.

The song-writing/recording continued through 2013 in Joachim’s Big Turn Studio until they had 12 songs that were strong enough for the album ”Rock your World”. For the mixing and mastering process SunStrike chose Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T). Cover art and the booklet design was done by no one else but Carl-André Beckston (Monowasp).


product: Knightmare - In Death's Shadow

label: Metalapolis Records

release date: 17.04.2014

format: CD

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Knightmare are an intense, atmospheric metal band from Melbourne, Australia, that crafts epic, melodic music.

Founded back in 2008 from singer Mick and bassist Luke, the band has a simple goal from the beginning: to create songs that defy being bound to a single static genre and that spans from a vast array of influences, not just including extreme and diverse forms of metal but music from all walks of life. Using detailed and vast soundscapes complimented by thoughtful lyrics, the band's music evokes imagery and reflection in the listener.

The debut album "In Death's Shadow", self produced in the Australian’ Stomp! Studios, is a testament to that goal and has been described as the "soundtrack to Scandinavian killing fields" and impresses with the "widescreen vision of their conception" and  "the military

The video clip „Unity Through Chaos“ is produced by none other than the Australian video director Steve Ravic (Manowar, Doro, The Poodles) and his partner, Hollywood movie director Neil Johnson (Manowar).

product: Brian May & Kerry Ellis - The Candlelight Concerts

label: Eagle Vision

release date: 28.03.2014

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Queen-Legende Brian May und West Ends First Lady Kerry Ellis gemeinsam für „The Candlelight Concerts“ auf der Bühne: Gefilmt im renommierten Stravinski Auditorium während des Montreux Jazz Festivals im Juli 2013, verbindet diese wunderbar intime Show Kerry Ellis` tolle Stimme mit dem einzigartigen Gitarrenspiel von Brian May. Das Repertoire umfasst überwiegend Unplugged-Nummern mit Klassikern, Balladen, Queen-Songs und Coverversionen. Zum Lieferumfang gehört auch die CD „Acoustic By Candlelight”, die im Herbst 2012 auf dem englischen Abschnitt der Tournee aufgezeichnet wurde. Das Bonusmaterial umfasst eine Performance von „Nothing Really Has Changed” mit Virginia McKenna. „The Candlelight Concerts – Live At Montreux 2013“ wird parallel auch als DVD+CD-Set (EAGDV030) veröffentlicht.


product: The Who - Sensation-The Story Of Tommy

label: Eagle Vision

release date: 07.03.2014

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Das legendäre Doppelalbum ´Tommy` der britischen Rockband The Who wurde 1969 veröffentlicht und gehört zu den Meilensteinen der Musikgeschichte. Die Scheibe katapultierte The Who an die Spitze der internationalen Musikszene, mit Pete Townshend als genialen Komponisten und Roger Daltrey als herausragenden Frontmann. ´Tommy` gilt als allererste Rockoper der Geschichte, verkaufte sich weltweit 20 Millionen Mal und diente Mitte der Siebziger als Grundlage des gleichnamigen Kinofilms von Regisseur Ken Russell. In den frühen Neunzigern avancierte ´Tommy` zudem zur sehenswerten Bühnenproduktion, die erfolgreich um die ganze Welt tourte. Dieser neue Film erzählt den Hintergrund, die Entstehung und die Idee hinter ´Tommy`, inklusive neuer Interviews mit Pete Townshend und Roger Daltrey, älteren Kommentaren des verstorbenen John Entwistle und Beiträgen von Toningenieur Bob Pridden, Graphikdesigner Mike McInnerney, weiteren an der Entstehung der Scheibe involvierten Zeitzeugen sowie Journalisten, die den historischen und kulturellen Wert des Albums kommentieren. Das Bonusmaterial umfasst einen 33minütigen Beitrag der deutschen Fernsehshow ´Beat Club` aus dem Jahre 1969 mit Songs vom Album sowie Interviews mit den Bandmitgliedern. ´Sensation – The Story Of Tommy` wird parallel auch auf DVD (EREDV1020) veröffentlicht.

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