product: Prins Svart - Under Jord

release date: 21.08.2020

label: Musica ex Machina

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For their third album, Prins Svart has teamed up with some of Sweden’s most prolific voices to portray the bands unique musical style: Mats Levén (Skyblood, ex Candlemass), Håkan Hemlin (Nordman), Janne Åström (Medborgarna, Så ska det låta), and Matti Alfonzetti (Skintrade) perform one song each! You have never heard them like this before!

Prins Svart combines the old with the new and have carved out a niche for themselves by combining Classic rock sounds with Swedish lyrics! The band’s unique profile has been shaped by musical experiences from playing with greats such as Michael Schenker, Bernie Marsden, Grand Magus, Tiamat and The Poodles.

The music is rooted in the 1970s and bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath, but with influences from the early 1980s and bands such as Dio, Whitesnake, Rainbow and Ozzy Osbourne. The lyrics deal with existential topics such as death, transformation, and love and the production is signed Dino Medanhodzic (”Hardcore Superstar”, ”Kill the Kong”, ”The Poodles”, ”Smash Into Pieces”) och Rickard Nilsson (”Avatarium”) plays the Hammond organ.


product: Terra Atlantica - Age Of Steam

release date: 14.08.2020

label: Pride & Joy Music

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Terra Atlantica was founded in December 2014 by singer Tristan Harders and drummer Nico Hauschildt, who knew each other from a former project. Both could finally fulfil their dream of playing in a classic Power Metal Band in the vein of their idols like Edguy, Avantasia or Rhapsody. They completed their crew with bassist Nick and guitarist Mike. Quickly, the idea of singing about the saga of Atlantis and other nautical myths developed and the first album ‘A City Once Divine’ was written. Catchy choruses, polyphone vocals and epic orchestration became of great importance to the band. The debut record was released in 2017, along with the video to the all-time favorite ‘Atlantica’. In the following years they played some bigger shows with bands like Majesty, Stormwarrior, Grailknights or Victorius.

Over time there were some changes made to the line-up, causing the second album to become a solo effort by Harders and Hauschildt for the most part. Recordings started in 2018 and took place at Tonlabor/ HAW, in Hamburg, Germany mainly.

Furthermore, the crew is complete again with Julian Prüfer on bass and Freddie Akkermann on guitar.

“Age Of Steam” will now be released on August 14th, 2020 via German label Pride & Joy Music and once again offers a lyrical concept. The fictional story continues the saga of Atlantis and takes place in the 19th century. Atlantis arises again and, with its advanced technologies, heralds the start of the Industrial Revolution. The British Empire feels menaced by this new power and, by an act of treason, tries to eliminate the new rival in the fight for domination on the seven seas.

The orchestral arrangements again come courtesy of guitarist/singer Alex Hunzinger (Aeternitas) from Lübeck, Germany. Singer Oleg Rudych (Magistarium) and Gabriel Tuxen (Seven Thorns) appear as guests.

Mix and mastering was handled by Marc Wüstenhagen (guitars, Thunder And Lightning) from Berlin; the cover artwork was created by Dusan Marcovic (Dragony, Symphonity).


product: Season Of Dreams - My Shelter

release date: 14.08.2020

label: Pride & Joy Music

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SEASON OF DREAMS was founded by Jean-Michel Volz, the main composer in the band A TASTE OF FREEDOM. He wanted to create a Heavy/Power band with Power Metal influences.

Volz was looking for a singer with powerful vocals and first asked his friend Pasi Humppi (FRETERNIA) but due to a busy schedule, Humppi was not able to provide the vocals and introduced Volz to Johannes Nyberg (ZONATA, vocals & keyboards).

A good chemistry was there from the beginning, and the duo started to write songs for their debut album “My Shelter“. Nyberg’s brother John joined the project on some songs after listening to the first recordings. Four months later, the album was written, recorded, mixed and mastered. Jean-Michel Volz handled the music parts at the MindMirror Studios; the cover artwork was created by Stan W. Decker (RAGE, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, MASTERPLAN).


product: Accidental President - s/t

release date: 01.07.2020

label: Tunecore

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Accidental President are a female fronted Alt-Rock 3 piece playing their own brand of hard rock mixed heavily with goth and metal influences - with a theatrical flair. Influences vary - from Maria Brink to John Petrucci via Sisters of Mercy, Evanescence & Alter Bridge.

Hard work and passion are the backbones of a successful band and Accidental President fits the bill perfectly. Originally formed in 2015, the group has gone through a long, hard road of ‘Spinal Tap-esqe’ lineup changes and life events that caused a lot of pitfalls in their development. Their passion never slowed though and Accidental President used these challenges as motivation to build something spectacular that is now ready for the world to hear.

The Sydney, Australia based band has formed their own brand of hard rock mixed heavily with goth and metal influences. Adding to their intrigue and performance,

Accidental President throws in a theatrical flair to grab all of your senses. Currently composed of Bethany Neville on lead vocals, Dave Ben Lee on Guitars, and Leon Cadden on Drums, Accidental President is at their peak performance.

Each band member brings in their own prized talents. In fact, Dave earned a fellowship from London College of Music in Electric Guitar, Leon has been playing drums in successful bands for too many years to count, and Bethany brings in an unmatched vocal talent that has been praised by fans and critics alike.

If their musical talents don’t immediately captivate you, their live performance will. Each live show is packed full of visual stimulation. A rapidly growing fanbase locks in to see the spectacle. From creative costumes to an in your face stage show, AP is not a band you want to miss live.

If not obvious by the name, Accidental President is a band that wants to share their ethos of social awareness. This is especially relevant in our current times of political upheaval and inequalities around the world. The band connects with their listeners on a level much greater than just the music.

Now Accidental President is ready to blast off to a broader audience. The lineup is solid, the music is strong, and the stage show is spectacular. Their official debut album is set for release on July 1st 2020. The future is looking up in their hands.

Come along for the election, and don’t forget to vote for the Accidental President

product: Domination Black - IV

release date: 17.07.2020

label: Pride & Joy Music

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DOMINATION BLACK have come a long way since their formation in 2003. After releasing their first two albums in 2005 and 2006 with their first line-up they already had started steering into a more melodic direction with their MCD "The Haunting" in 2008. In 2009, however, original vocalist Kari Killgast left the band. About half a year later, DOMINATION BLACK found a new frontman in person of Matias Palm (Merging Flare, Heavy Metal Perse) and started recording their 3rd album "Dimension: Death" which was then released in 2012. It truly was a step into a new melodic sound and received raving reviews all over the place. Supporting the album, the band toured in Finland, Sweden, Romania and Russia.

The year 2014 saw DOMINATION BLACK releasing their new single "Master Of Deception" and visiting Estonia for the first time. Since then, there was a break for a couple of years until the band finally started demoing songs for their next full-length album. But this also meant that some changes needed to be made. Along came new drummer Ville Nissinen (formerly of ID: Exorcist) and guitarist Juuso Laitinen (Deathproof). The recordings were finally started in summer 2018 with the new energy. The group also played some gigs to introduce their new line-up to the audience.

Now, DOMINATION BLACK are ready to release their new album “Judgement IV”. The band has also shot a music video for the song "Center Of The Universe" which will be released soon.

The record was produced by DOMINATION BLACK and mainly recorded at Äänilaitos Studio, Kotka by J-P Pusa and Juuso Elminen. Vocals were recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki by Eero Kaukomies, and bass tracks & acoustic guitars and some lead guitars were recorded by Matias Palm in Helsinki. The mixing and mastering was handled by Saku Moilanen.


product: Jet Jaguar - Endless Nights

release date: 17.07.2020

label: Pride & Joy Music

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JET JAGUAR was formed in 2014 and hails from Cancun, a city located in the Mayan region of Mexico. The band’s name was inspired by the Jaguar, a sacred animal for the Mayan civilization and for the areas inhabited by the Mayans.

In early 2016, their “Zero Hour” EP was released. The title track and their first Spanish song “Rompiendo el Acero” have become fan favorites.

2017 was a busy year for JET JAGUAR. This year saw them tour Mexico twice (for a total of 35 dates). The group also embarked on their first European tour across Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Romania.

JET JAGUAR received worldwide recognition by being the first Hispanic-American band to ever win the Wacken Open Air Metal Battle in Germany in August 2017.

In 2018 JET JAGUAR performed in Mexico City at the biggest metal festival in Latin America, “Corona Hell and Heaven”, alongside acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple, the Scorpions, Judas Priest and Megadeth. They also performed at “Tecate Mexico Metal Fest“ and had their first gig at the Lunario del Auditorio Nacional (Mexico City). JET JAGUAR kicked off 2019 with performing at the biggest festival in Costa Rica “Grito Latino Fest”.

Currently, JET JAGUAR is planning the release of their debut album “Endless Nights”, which will see the light on July 17th, 2020 on German Heavy Metal label Pride & Joy Music.

Future plans include touring throughout Mexico, Europe and Latin America in support of the album.


product: Luca Basile - GEA (digital single)

release date: 25.05.2020

label: self-released

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On May 25, 2020, the cellist and composer Luca Basile, during the “Quarantine period”, released his first soloist composition: “GEA”, like the primordial Godness, Crono’s and Rea’s mother from which the Olympus born. GEA is Mother Nature, which properly in this period of Covid 19, showed us her scream, her call to what is her own, through  wealth and beauty that gives us as present.

She reminds us, that we are not her masters, but her GUESTS.

The sound awakens memories of epic lands, mystical adventures and emotional atmospheres like the best epic orchestrated  soundtracks!

BIO

Luca Basile is an Italian cellist, arranger and composer who plays with the Symphonic Metal band Elegy of Madness. He specializes  in classical music and in Metal/Rock music with a great passion for an epic, cinematic sound!

Basile toured all over the world both with Symphonic Orchestras and metal bands! He released four albums with his band and was involved in lots of collaborations with other projects both as cellist and arranger/composer of Metal, Epic/Classical music, Pop and Jazz music. He is also working as composer for films and video games and as  cello and music theory teacher at music schools.

 

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