product: SunStrike - Rock Your World

label: AOR Heaven

release date: 25.04.2014

format: CD

PR territoriy: Europe (without UK)

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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

PR territory: Germany, Austria, Switzerland

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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

PR territory: Germany & Austria (printed press)

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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

PR territory: Germany & Austria (printed press)

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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.

product: Moonband - Atlantis

label: Rockville Music

out: March 21st, 2014

format: CD

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.“ (

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

format: CD

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.

product: Chthonic - Ián-Bú

label: Eagle Vision

release date: 21.02.2014

format: DVD

PR territory: Germany & Austria

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Chthonic sind eine taiwanesische Metal-Band, die 1995 gegründet wurde und seit 2005 in der heutigen Besetzung besteht. Ihre Musik mischt Metal mit traditionellen chinesischen Instrumenten, textlich ist die Gruppe von der taiwanesischen Mythologie, dem Volksglauben des Daoismus und der Geschichte ihres Landes beeinflusst. Jede ihrer bisherigen Veröffentlichungen war ein durchgehendes Konzeptwerk. Bekannt sind die Musiker für ihre sehenswerten Kostüme, ihr Make-Up und die sensationellen Bühnenshows. Außerdem stehen die Bandmitglieder für offen geäußerte politische Gerechtigkeit hinsichtlich von Menschenrechten, der Unabhängigkeit Taiwans und der Gleichberechtigung der Frau.  „Ián-Bú”  wurde im Sommer 2013 bei einem Festival in Taiwan aufgezeichnet und präsentiert eine Reihe von Songs ihres aktuellen Albums „Bú-Tik”, das in Europa über Spinefarm in den Handel kam. Die DVD umfasst zudem die offiziellen Videoclips zu fünf Albumtracks plus weiteres Bonusmaterial.