product: Alien - Eternity
label: AOR Heaven
release date: 25.04.2014
PR territory: Europe (without UK)
PR downloads: metalheaven.net/press
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
PR territoriy: Europe (without UK)
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
PR territory: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
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
PR territory: Germany & Austria (printed press)
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
PR territory: Germany & Austria (printed press)
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.
product: Moonband - Atlantis
label: Rockville Music
out: March 21st, 2014
PR territory: Europe (all parts, except Germany = radio contact: Die4Ma)
In August 2010 THE MOONBAND's debut album OPEN SPACE was released. One of the biggest German newspapers (Sueddeutsche Zeitung) described it as „extraordinary smart Country & Folk with an enormous catchy, variable, and steady growing spectrum“. Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation (BR), a big countrywide public service broadcaster, choose it album of the week („wonderful folk“) and included tracks in their rotation lists. And THE MOONBAND was even noticed outside Germany: „An interesting and engaging debut that deserves notice.“ (americana.co.uk).
The insider tip became an unexpected success.
On their second album DENAVIGATION (released 8/2011) THE MOONBAND sharpened their unique style. SZ commended „they emancipated themselves from the great heroes of the Neo-Americana movement. Nevertheless it can happen that one asks if it's Bob Dylan, when this album by the fantastic Moonband is on.“
On March 21st 2014, THE MOONBAND's third album ATLANTIS will be released. ATLANTIS was recorded live in an old, secluded house in the Bavarian Forest. ATLANTIS catches THE MOONBAND genuinely, just like being in the same room with the band.
On ATLANTIS the band brings into question what you may call folk music, while at the same time upholding their own story as a steady advancement: New facets, new instruments and surprising twists make THE MOONBAND louder and more urgent.
Nevertheless the band's proven trademarks remain: Vocal harmonies, affectionate arrangements, beautiful melodies. Or like a reviewer once wrote: „Music to dwell.“
product: Black Label - Blood Money
label: Bad Reputation
release date: 07.03.2014
PR territory: Germany & Austria
PR contact: CD
Black Label are the best live band in Australia – fact. Over a ten year career- they have played hundreds of shows, including countless shows with both Rose Tattoo and The Angels – and if heavy, blues based rock in the tradition of those bands is your bag – then you will dig Black Label. Make no mistake though. This is not a band playing carbon copied Brewster Brother or Wells/Cocks riffs, and whilst they certainly tip their hats to those aforementioned bands, ‘Blood Money’ confirms in no uncertain terms that Black Label are at the height of their powers and playing truly amazing, original and memorable heavy rock of the first order, and with ‘Blood Money’, they have delivered a defiant collection of ballsy heavy rock anthems.
‘Blood Money’ is the fourth studio album from this Sydney based band, and it shows a significant maturity in both the song writing and musical stakes. That is not an implication that any of their previous efforts were underdone – far from it in fact. It’s just that the band’s sound has come a long way from the days when they were playing a twin guitar style of southern fried, hard rock boogie that channelled Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet and Blackfoot. The différence is that the tunes on ‘Blood Money’ are world class. This is as good as ANY heavy rock album you’ll hear, and ranks as the bands heaviest album, with a sound that to me is aimed clearly, at the European heavy rock / metal market.
Whilst bands like Airborne have had some international success pillaging a dog eared, AC/DC style of rock, large scale success has eluded Black Label, who are far more authentic. Black Label have a pedigree that included former members of both Heaven and Boss in their ranks. They have been endorsed by Rose Tattoo’s Angry Anderson and the late Peter Wells, and after several years and hundreds of gigs, have more than paid their dues. Credentials aside though, ‘Blood Money’ affirms that they are the 100% bona fide article with this ten track album loaded with firebrand hard core riffs and a heavy duty groove. Recorded and produced by Greg Clarke, the guitars are underlined by thunderous rhythms – Australian rock at its best. Vocalist Steve Mulry has a strong, solid and powerful voice, and belts it out in no uncertain terms. From top to bottom, every song on this album is killer. This entire album smokes.
After several years, the lack of success must be a frustration, but Black Label decide to go still on. Now, this CD comes with Live in Berlin, a second CD smokin hot & live, before a new effort scheduled late 2014. ‘Live In Berlin’ attests, they are on par with any of the planet’s best heavy rock bands, whoever you care to name.The guitars are up front, and it’s in your face. No overdubs here, this is no bullshit rock ‘n’ roll of the highest order. There are 12 tunes on the disc. If you ain’t hip to Black Label – I strongly suggest you climb on board. You won’t be disappointed.