product: Stephen Crane - Kicks

release date: 26.03.2021

label: AOR Heaven

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STEPHEN CRANE used to play in a band called Baby at the end of the 70’s but his opportunity as solo artist arrived in 1984 by the hand of the major MCA label. CRANE’S debut "Kicks" was produced by Jai Winding (Le Roux) who also played keys, and no-other than the great Steve Lukather. In fact, all TOTO guys were involved in the recording including groove master Jeff Porcaro on drums.
We also find Richard Page (Mr. Mister, Pages) and AOR guru Tom Kelly (I-Ten, Van Stephenson, Survivor) doing backing vocals, together with brilliant session guitar players such as Duane Sciacqua, Joey Brasler and Ray Pannell.

The multitude of guitarists has an explanation; "Kicks" for the most part is a guitar driven AOR / Melodic Rock album with a 1984's radio friendly sound. And on most tracks, we found three different six-string axemen playing together in the same song. CRANE's pumping bass lines add even more muscle to the tunes, and his sometimes raspy but melodic vocals reminds you a cross of a young Brock Walsh, Van Stephenson on the calmer moments and Paul Sabu on the edgy. The album features the best session players in L.A. like Steve Lukather + Jeff, Mike & Steve Porcaro (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister, Pages), Duane Sciacqua (Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey), Jai Winding (Stevie Nicks, Molly Hatchett, Cheap Trick, America, Blue Öyster Cult), Tom Kelly (Madonna, Whitney Houston, Survivor, Van Stephenson), James Newton Howard (Elton John, Toto) & many more... In 1986, Stephen Crane joined the Glenn Frey band (from The Eagles) and toured in Japan & the USA. He also worked with Joe Schermie from Three Dog Night & Brian Ray from Paul McCartney's band and still remains very active in the U.S music scene.

There's not a single weak track here, going from hooky and catchy numbers like "Headed For A Heartbreak", "Joanne" or the urgent "Victims Of Love", to more AORish cuts such as the Toto-esque "Back On My Feet Again" (featuring a killer Lukather solo) and the Van Stephenson sounding "I'll Take Care Of You".

Criminally ignored not only by MR / AOR fans in general - but also by the industry as it never was released on CD - "Kicks" is one of the best records in the genre from that era.

This re-issue is available as remastered limited edition of 500 CD copies via AOR Heaven’s mailorder store only. Liner notes by Dave Reynolds.


product: Autumn's Child - Angel's Gate

release date: 19.02.2021

label: AOR Heaven

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Mikael Erlandsson needs no further introduction when it comes to melodic rock.

He has released six successful solo albums and a lot of titles with groups like Phenomena, Salute among others. Between 2006-2018 Erlandsson fronted the Swedish super group Secret Service which he toured with live all over the world.

Together with the fantastic guitar player Andy Malecek from the successful German hard rock band Fair Warning he founded the band LAST AUTUMNS DREAM in 2003 which also featured Ian Haugland, Mic Michaeli and John Leven of Europe fame at the time. The self-titled debut album was produced by Claes Andreasson and became a great success.

Last Autumn’s Dream went on releasing another 14 albums with different line ups including great musicians like Jamie Borger (Treat) and Marcel Jacob (Talisman). They toured Japan, England and Germany but decided to take a break in 2018.

Shortly after, Erlandsson founded the group AUTUMN’S CHILD. Their self-titled debut album was released in January 2019 through AOR Heaven feat. Jona Tee on keyboards (H.E.A.T), Robban Bäck, former drummer of  Eclipse and currently in the line-up with Swedish rockband Mustasch, Claes Andreasson of Swedish Westcoast/AOR band Heartbreak Radio who also produced the first Autumns Child album together with Mikael Erlandsson. Guitars come courtesy of Pontus Åkesson (Moon Safari).

“Angel’s Gate” now marks AUTMUN’S CHILD’s return. This time they have defined their craft even more and the album is again filled with great songs and classy musicianship. The album starts off with the song “Where Angels Cry” which offers all of the Autumn’s Child’s typical elements: hard Melodic Rock with a Nordic touch.

There are hommages throughout the album to Whitesnake, AOR, Supertramp, Gary Moore,10cc, Manfred Mann and ELO but most of all it sounds like nothing else in today’s music scene.

The album was produced by Claes Andreasson and Mikael Erlandsson. Mixed and mastered by Mikael Andersson at Soundport Studio.


product: Walk The Walk - s/t

release date: 19.02.2021

label: AOR Heaven

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In early 2020, former DIO guitarist Tracy G introduced J. Adler and Paul Alfery, knowing they both love melodic hard rock with big choruses and strong hooks. They got busy writing and recording an album that they are both extremely proud of. Both J. and Paul look forward to sharing this music with melodic hard rock fans all over the world. 

J. Adler has recorded vocals with the following artists amongst others: David Ellefson (Megadeth), Ray Luzier (David Lee Roth), Tracy G. (Dio), Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall), Tim Gaines (Stryper), Larry "Bones" Dennison (Lita Ford, Dio), Ryan Hoyle (Paul Rodgers), Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Testament), Steve Conley (Flotsam & Jetsam), Rex Carroll (Whitecross), & Billy Smiley (Whiteheart) and has fronted 2 "supergroups" over the years. DEAD OF NIGHT featured Grammy-nominated artists Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall, Act Of Defiance) on guitar and Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall) on lead guitar, as well as Derek Kerswill (ex-Unearth, Kingdom Of Sorrow) on drums, Jeff Fultz (ex-Seemless) on bass.

The other was GOADED with Ray Luzier (Korn), Tracy G. (Dio, WWIII) and Larry Dennison (Dio, Lita Ford).

Multi-Instrumentalist Paul Alfery regularly played Hollywood’s Sunset Strip in the eighties and early nineties. He has shared the stage with Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Tony Iommi and other notable musicians. Paul has worked with hit songwriters Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Buckcherry, Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) and Stephan Williams (Great White).

Paul Alfery wrote, produced, and engineered Guilty Pleasure’s “Busted”. Guilty Pleasure was carried by NEH Records in the US and distributed in Europe by Target Records. Paul appeared on Tracy G’s “Tarantula Ditch” along with Mark Kendall (Great White), Rowan Robertson (DIO), Toshi Hiketa (David Lee Roth),Jimi Bell (House of Lords) and others. He also appeared as a member of Collusion on the 2019 Perris Records release “Hollywood Hairspray 8”.

Paul Adler recorded all vocals for WALK THE WALK at his studio in Sedona, AZ while Alfery took care of all instrumental tracks at his studio in Southern California. Produced by Paul Alfery and J. Adler. Mixed by Paul Alfery and mastered by Ty Sims at the Recovery Room in Conway, AR.  

product: Glasgow - Zero Four One

release date: 26.02.2021

label: AOR Heaven

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Emerging from the Scottish city of Glasgow, the band by the same name calling their debut from 1987 “Zero Four One“, 041 being the telephone dialing code of the city back in the day.

Archie Dickson (g), who started playing locally before ending up with Wildcat in the late seventies and later on Heaven, tried to bring back Glasgow several times but it never happened.

The first demos as Glasgow with a slightly heavier approach than Heaven came on in 1983. Shortly after fellow Glaswegian band Heavy Pettin’, they put out a first vinyl single the same year on Neat Records. Unfortunately, they turned down an offer for a full album from Neat, presumably waiting for a bigger label and publishing a three track EP on Clyde Records in 1984 as a promotional tool instead. They got great press and secured a production deal with Sonet Records. Minor line-up changes took place before Kenny Denton (The Who, Status Quo) produced “Zero One Four“ comprised with a solid mixture of hard rock and AOR. Don Airey (Deep Purple) guested on keyboards. Subsequently they toured where they could but unfortunately the band split after Sonet lost interest by the end of the decade. A new line-up, prolific songwriting for another couple of years followed but Dickson finally called it a day…until recently. There might be something in the making… 

Comes with a bonus track from 1988, liner notes by Dave Reynolds and mastering by Chris Lyne. Limited to 500 copies and available via AOR Heaven Mailorder only.


product: DOOR 964 - C.O.T.D

release date: 19.02.2021

label: Soundmix Oy

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Door 964 is a brand new band from Oulu, Finland. Even though the group is new, all the musicians are well established in the Finnish rock scene since years. Musically, Door 964 is not trying to innovate the wheel again. “It’s all based sincerely traditional melodic rock goodies”, says lead vocalist and main song writer Sami Huotari. The debut album “C.O.T.D” contains 8 great songs which offer memorable riffs, a rock solid rhythm section and beautiful, atmospheric keyboards. And all is covered with world class vocals with its catchy melodies and chorus lines.

A good example which shows the variety of the release is the furious opening track “Fire At Will” that starts the game like the hammer hitting straight between the eyes. The album then continues with the epic title track “C.O.T.D”, and an ethereal atmosphere found in the video track “Wings” without forgetting clever melodies in the closing track, “Worlds Collide”.

The video for the track “Wings” in advance was released in early January 2021 and is found on Youtube via this link:https://youtu.be/_ExJqj-x160

“C.O.T.D” is also an excellent example of almost lost art of recording and mixing quality, and it takes the listener to great sonic journey through the album. “C.O.T.D” was recorded, mixed and mastered at the legendary Soundmix Studios in Oulu Finland by Mika Pohjola.

 

product: Siggi Schwarz - The Fire Inside

release date: 19.02.2021

label: Siggi Schwarz Music/ Pride & Joy

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The German guitar legend Siggi Schwarz proudly presents 15 original and powerful Rock Songs on his new 11th Album. These songs are straightforward, melodic, raw and basically badass American! With nothing but Vocals, Guitar, Bass and Dums he takes us back to the roots of ROCK! For the true and strong feeling of live-rock with a fantastic groove the basic tracks were recorded together live in the studio. The new Songs from Schwarz are fresh and a new awakening of the legendary late 70s and 80s Rock era.

All songs on “The Fire Inside“ were co-written and co-produced by native New Yorker and U.S. Army Veteran, Dave Schaefer who was stationed in Grafenwoehr, Germany where ELVIS also just so happened to be stationed.  His native american (Cherokee) blood and temperament can be felt and heard through his strong and expressive Vocals as well as with his clever lyrics and catchy, sing-along Hooklines.

With his Guitar, Siggi Schwarz delivers an enormous spectrum of his undeniable talent. During his exceptional Music career he has teamed up in the studio and on stage with notorious Guitar Heroes such as Michael Schenker (ex Scorpions, UFO), Steve Lukather (TOTO), Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake) , Geoff Whitehorn (Roger Chapman, Procol Harum), Leslie West (Mountain) and Billy Gibbons (ZZ TOP).

In 2011 Schwarz released a phenomenal Tribute Album for legendary guitarist Gary Moore, who had passed away the same year, with the participation of ex Gary Moore and Whitesnake bassist Neil Murray, as well as Toto’s Steve Lukather.

In addition to this Siggi Schwarz also produced the “Michael Schenker Group” albums “In the Midst of Beauty” in 2008 and “Tales of Rock n’Roll” in 2005, which reached global charts. For several years, Siggi Schwarz was a congenial guitar partner of Michael Schenker where they joined forces for several concerts and three additional albums.

Thoughout his long and notable Rock n‘Roll journey Siggi Schwarz has regularly been the opening act for rock legends such as Bryan Adams, Santana, The Who, Foreigner, The Scorpions or ZZ TOP.

“THE FIRE INSIDE” rocks from the first to the last track - Siggi Schwarz and his band let the inner fire of passion burn and flare up in every note and every chord.


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

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