product: Alice Cooper - Theatre Of Death

label: Eagle Vision

release date: 15.05.2015

format: DVD

PR territory: Germany & Austria

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Alice Cooper is a true rock legend. His unique brand of “shock rock” broke entirely new ground in the early seventies with its overtly theatrical approach to rock music powered by great songs and Alice’s personal charisma. Alice Cooper has remained at the forefront of music ever since, prepared to try new ideas but always instantly recognizable. His live shows are renowned for their staging with guillotines, strait jackets, dolls, swords, pyrotechnics and many other props and effects making frequent appearances. This show was filmed at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in December 2009 on the acclaimed “Theatre Of Death” tour. It features all of Alice Cooper’s hits and classic albums tracks performed as only he can.

product: Peter Gabriel - Play

label: Eagle Vision

release date: 15.05.2015

format: DVD

PR territory: Germany & Austria (print & online)

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Peter Gabriel ist allseits bekannt für seine innovativen, sehr unterhaltsamen und kreativen Musikvideos. Über die Jahre hinweg war er immer ganz weit vorne mit dabei, wenn es darum ging, seine Musik mit den neuesten technischen Möglichkeiten umzusetzen um so viele atemberaubende Videos zu kreieren. „Play“ ist eine Zusammenstellung dieser Musikvideos und wurde im Jahr 2004 erstmals veröffentlicht  und erscheint nun mit neuem Preis neu. Alle Videos sind im 5.1 Mix. Die DVD kann als Best-Of-Clip-Compilation gesehen werden mit Songs wie “Sledgehammer”, “Games Without Frontiers”, “Biko”, “Shock The Monkey”, “Don’t Give Up”, “Solsbury Hill”, “In Your Eyes”, “Mercy Street” u.v.m.

 

Bonus Features:

Optional video introductions / Live performance of “Games Without Frontiers” from 2004 / Original promo videos for: (1) “Modern Love” (1977)   (2)  “The Nest That Sailed The Sky” (2000) / Trailers for “A Family Portrait”, “Growing Up Live” and “Secret World Live”.

product: WellBad - Judgement Days

release date: 29.05.2015

label: Blue Central Records

format: Digi-pack CD

territory: Germany (radio PR only)

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Tom Waits Stimme, Joe Cockers Aussehen, Willie Dixons Gene: Diese Kombination einer Verjüngungskur unterzogen – heraus käme „WellBad“. Am 29. Mai veröffentlicht der 26-jährige aus Hamburg stammende Singer-Songwriter Daniel Welbat sein zweites Studioalbum „Judgement Days“.

Bereits über sein Debüt im Jahr 2011 hieß es: „Kaum zu glauben, dass ‚Beautiful Disaster’ das Erstlingswerk eines jungen Mannes sein soll“ (Bluesnews). Und auch auf „Judgement Days“ (Label: Blue Central Records, Vertrieb: Membran) verschleiern markante Reibeisenstimme und tiefe Verwurzelung im Blues das tatsächliche Alter des 26-Jährigen. Sein im Hamburger Hafenklang-Studio aufgenommenes und von Stephan Gade (Udo Lindenberg, Niels Frevert, Wingenfelder) produziertes Album erscheint auf dem eigenen Indie-Label Blue Central Records. Es klingt so geradeheraus wie variantenreich:

Der Opener „A Little Pain“ preist die Vorzüge der Schmerzempfänglichkeit, im kauzigen Titeltrack „Judgement Day“ ist Gott kurzzeitig abgemeldet und „Coffin For Two“, ein Duett mit Bluesröhre Jessy Martens, beschwört die bedingungslose Liebe – bis in den Sarg. In „Good World“ wird zwischen Orgelpassagen, Trip-Hop-Groove und WellBads kratzbürstiger Stimme die Dialektik von Leben und Tod verhandelt. Bei „Poor Mary“ hingegen scheint es, als blickte der Filmkomponist, Synchronsprecher Drehbuchautor und Regisseur dem Musikerkollegen Chris Rea über die Schulter. Für den schleppenden, spartanisch instrumentierten Sound des gemeinsam mit Ex-Gitarrist Nazim Kilic komponierten „Three Legged Dog“, das die Verarbeitung eines Beziehungsendes am Tresen zum Thema hat, stehen neben Tom Waits auch Tito & Tarantula Pate. Auf die Pianoballade „Rockin’ Chair“ folgt das funkige „One Kiss Too Late“ und nach „Compliment“ entführt der Endzeitsong „Talking French“ in die Gefühlswelt eines Ennio-Morricone-Westerns, bevor „Don’t Go Back To The Coal Mine“ zum Abschluss 300 Fuß tief in eine Kohlemiene lockt.

Binnen elf Songs legt der extrovertierte Vollbartträger, der bereits mit 16 Jahren durch die Live-Clubs der Hansestadt zieht und später für Robert Cray und UK-Gitarrist Oli Brown Support-Shows spielt, Fährten zu verschiedensten Inspirationsgebern. Dabei bewahrt er sich aber seinen im besten Sinne eigenbrötlerischen Stil. Bewahrheiten könnte sich damit auch WellBads Selbsteinschätzung: „Wir wollen nicht allen gefallen, aber ich habe nichts dagegen, wenn es allen gefällt.“

 

 

product: V/A - A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney

release date: 08.05.2015

label: Eagle Vision

formats: DVD & Blu-ray

PR territory: Germany & Austria (print & online)

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Am 10. Februar 2012 wurde Sir Paul McCartney als ´2012 MusiCares Person Of The Year` geehrt. Diese alljährlich in Los Angeles veranstaltete Gala findet seit 1991 jeweils in der Vorwoche der Grammy Awards statt. Ausgezeichnet werden Einzelkünstler für ihre musikalischen und gleichzeitig humanitären Leistungen. In bewährter Manier präsentierte die 2012er Veranstaltung einen Auftritt des Preisträgers Paul McCartney sowie Beiträge von einer Vielzahl berühmter Gäste wie Alicia Keys, Alison Krauss, Norah Jones, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Coldplay, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Dave Grohl oder Joe Walsh, die einige der wichtigsten Songs aus McCartneys gesamter Karriere vortrugen, darunter die Klassiker ´Yesterday`, ´No More Lonely Nights`, ´Magical Mystery Tour`, ´We Can Work It Out`, ´The Fool On The Hill`, ´And I Love Her` oder ´Blackbird`. Eine einzigartige Feierstunde für Paul McCartney und seine Musik, zudem eine Nacht, die keiner der Anwesenden jemals vergessen wird. ´A MusiCares Tribute To Paul McCartney` wird parallel auch auf DVD (EREDV1180) veröffentlicht

 

Tracklist:

1) Get Back / Hello Goodbye / Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Cirque du Soleil featuring The Beatles “Love” Cast   2) Magical Mystery Tour – Paul McCartney   3) Junior’s Farm – Paul McCartney   4) Blackbird – Alicia Keys   5) No More Lonely Nights – Alison Krauss & Union Station   6) And I Love Her – Duane Eddy   7) Oh! Darling – Norah Jones   8) I Saw Her Standing There – Neil Young & Crazy Horse  9) The Fool On The Hill – Sergio Mendes   10) We Can Work It Out – Coldplay  11) Yesterday – James Taylor & Diana Krall   12) For No One – Diana Krall & James Taylor   13) My Valentine – Paul McCartney   14) Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five – Paul McCartney   15) Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End – Paul McCartney mit Dave Grohl & Joe Walsh

product: Royal Quest - The Tale Of Man

release date: May 22nd, 2015

label: self-released

format: digi-pack CD

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Royal Quest was formed in 1998 in Athens when Yannis Androulakakis (guitars/ vocals) and Dennis Bekatoros (bass) started putting their musical and lyrical ideas together. After releasing their first demo in 1999 they decided to work on a concept album with an original story inspired by the “Eternal Champion”. In the meantime the line-up of the band was shaped up to participate in several underground festivals in Athens.

Throughout the years, Dennis and Yannis focused on completing the album with the addition of a new member, Odysseas (drums). Compositions, story editing, recording attempts and sound experimentations, but also disappointments and long breakups resulted in the end of the co-operation of the two founders.  

In January 2010 Yannis decided to produce the album on his own. The recording and engineering plans started from scratch and in 2014 the album was mixed by him and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox studios.

About the concept:

“The Tale of Man” is typically a “metal opera”, a term that tends to be established in a similar way that the term “rock opera” did in the past. There are four characters in the play: Man, Cassandra, Lord of Law and Lord of Chaos. However, the dramatical structure is different (the play is smaller as well) than the libretto of a major musical or rock opera. That purposely leaves room for the RPG-campaign oriented storyline that focuses on the main character (Man) and the storyteller (Cassandra). It also leaves room for the music, because the point was to create a metal album that can also be auditioned independently. “The Tale of Man” consists of eleven parts, some of them divided into sub-parts, intros and main parts.

Yannis Androulakakis is a guitarist and composer from Greece. His work includes metal, music for theater, musicals, film soundtrack, jazz, a fuge and a string quartet. In February 2015 he was selected as one of the arrangers of the Vivaldimetalproject.

product: Master Massive - The Pendulum

release date: 29.05.2015

label: ViciSolum

format: CD

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The MASTER MASSIVE biography goes as far back as 1993, when guitar player Jan Strandh released a 6 song cassette with singer Erik Forsberg, bassist Johan Wijkmark and drummer Petter Karlsson. Later that year, bass player Karl Nyhlin was recruited. The spot for a second guitar player was altered between Anders Ericson (BEYOND TWILIGHT and SECTU) and Yngve Frank (ZANITY and MEAN STREAK).

With the urge of doing something different, Jan initiated the idea of making a heavy metal opera. Together with Ninitha Maivorsdotter the libretto of “THE PENDULUM" was created.

With line-up Jan, Yngve, Petter and Karl and hosted by a long list of singers from the hometown of Skövde, the opera was recorded.

Different constellations of the band have come and gone. Despite the bands medial obscurity and absence from the recording industry, MASTER MASSIVE is well connected in the Heavy Metal community. Jan has been a member of both TWILIGHT and NOTRE DAME and Anders has two other obligations in BEYOND TWILIGHT and SECTU. Petter went on to THERION. Karl changed his musical direction and is now a professional lutenist.

 

Jan Strandh about “The Pendulum”:

While working with The Pendulum we wanted to experience the anxiety that comes with the knowledge of the negative changes taking place in the world. Fear felt by common people far from the centre of power and therefore in no position to make major decisions and changes. This feeds the feeling of hopelessness of living in a non-working civilization where necessary political decisions are not possible to make. To seize power over our own fear and to get out of this relentless emotion we decided to create a personal legend in the form of an opera. In this opera – The Pendulum, one single individual is given the power to change the fate of the Earth. Impossible in real life, but totally viable within the aesthetic framework of opera as an art form. In our opera the human being chosen for the assignment is a normal person, not a hero character. His only weapon in the fight for the Earth’s survival is his ability to refrain from the thoughts, feelings and habits hitherto a natural part of him.

product: Dennis Churchill Dries - I

release date: 29.05.2015

label: AOR Heaven

format: CD & download

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During the 1980s and ’90s, in those halcyon pre-Autotune days when the song was king and talent mattered, Dennis Churchill Dries was the singer and bass player of the bands White Sister and Tattoo Rodeo. Both of these groups earned prestigious major label record deals, but in the long run would learn how tough the music business can be.

Issued to rave reviews in 1984, White Sister’s self-titled debut was produced by Gregg Giuffria of Angel fame. While having tasted life on an independent label with its follow-up ‘Fashion By Passion’, Churchill Dries was also a part of the outfit Tattoo Rodeo. Picked up by Atlantic for ‘Rode Hard, Put Away Wet’ in ’91, they hit the road and opened for Bad Company and Damn Yankees. The band followed up with ‘Skin’ some four years later, and called it quits in 1998. There was a reunion show in 2006, and talks of new material, but all was scrapped after the death of drummer Rich Wright.

In October 2008, to the astonishment of just about everybody, original White Sister mebmers DCD, Rick Chadock, and Garri Brandon reunited to appear at the legendary indoor rock festival the Firefest. To say that they blew the doors off would be an understatement. They went over so well that the Firefest team invited the boys back again the following year, and they did not dissapoint! There was hushed yet optimistic talk of new music.

And then in October 2012, the unthinkable happened. Chadock lost his battle with cancer…Dennis was crushed by the loss of his music partner and closest friend of 35 years. New music from White Sister was not to be, and DCD retreated into solitude.

Dennis began writing on his own as a form of therapy, and in 2014 was reunited with Paul Sabu, who produced, engineered, and mixed “I”, and supplied the guitar work. DCD drew priceless encouragement from the multi-talented Sabu, whose bands have included Only Child, Silent Rage and Sabu.

I believe that Paul came back into my life for a reason... and that Rick had something to do with it!” says DCD. “Can it really be a coincidence that another great rock guitarist/vocalist/engineer fell into my lap after working with Rick exclusively for 35 years? No...”

 

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