News update 2012 (5/24)
Metal Mind Productions will release the second live DVD by BELIEVE on April 30th in Europe and June 19th in USA (MVD). This outstanding artrock act was formed by guitarist Mirek Gil – the former leader and composer of Polish progrock legend Collage. The material entitled “Seeing Is Believing” was recorded in the Wyspianski Theatre in Katowice, Poland last November. During this unique evening Believe primarily presented material from their last studio album “World Is Round” (Metal Mind Productions, 2010).
The third C.T.P. (Christian Tolle Project) album, titled “The Higher They Climb” is finished! Michael Voss and Christian Tolle co-produced 12 tracks between the summer and winter of 2011 with a very pleasing outcome. Performed with an incredible amount of energy, the album contains a powerful mixture of hard hitting heavy rock tracks, catchy hooklines and some of the best voices in the genre: David Reece (ex-Accept, Bangalore Choir), Leon Goewie (Vengeance), Paul Shortino (King Kobra, ex-Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt) and Michael Voss (Michael Schenker, Casanova, Mad Max). Also a few friends joined Tolle on the guitar: L.A. guitar wizard Michael Landau, Ben Granfelt (ex-Wishbone Ash, BGB), Andy Susemihl and Morris Adriaens do a guitar solo each and give the record a special flavour. The album will be released on March 30 via Fastball Music. URL: http://www.christiantolle.com
Frontiers Records are pleased to announce the signing of Swedish melodic rock newcomers DIAMOND DAWN. The band was formed early 2011 in Gothenburg and released the song “Standing As One” digitally, which caused a great buzz in the underground scene. It is possible to stream the track following this link on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvOwGecHpdo The sound of the group represents the best from the musical era of the 80s with a modern approach to melodic hard rock. Diamond Dawn's debut album, scheduled to be released later this year, will be mixed by Tobias Lindell who has worked with acts such as Europe, Hardcore Superstar, Mustasch and H.e.a.t.
earMUSIC is thrilled to announce the new album from Swedish rock supergroup, EUROPE. The CD, set for UK release on Monday 30th April 2012, is entitled “Bag Of Bones”. The first single, “Not Supposed To Sing The Blues”, will be released digitally on Friday March 9th. “Bag Of Bones” is produced by Kevin Shirley. No stranger to the crème de la crème of iconic rock, Shirley has produced albums for the likes of Iron Maiden, Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion, Black Stone Cherry and Journey. Contributing slide guitar to the title track is blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa. “We're honoured that Joe Bonamassa wanted to play some slide guitar on our record. We're all big fans of his music”, says Europe frontman Joey Tempest. Released on CD and vinyl formats, the album features a more straightforward rock approach.
German/Swedish hardrock band JADED HEART have just finished the recording sessions for their 11th studio album! The album is called “Common Destiny” and will be released on May 25, 2012 via Fastball Music/Soulfood.
The legendary British band PENDRAGON once again triumphed at the Classic Rock Society The Best Of Year Awards. During the ceremony in Wath, the musicians received awards in the most important categories: Best drummer - Scott Higham, Best keyboards - Clive Nolan, Best live gig - Pendragon at the CRS, Best track - This Green & Pleasant Land, Best album – Passion. As previously announced Metal Mind Productions will release a brand-new DVD by Pendragon. “Out Of Order Comes Chaos” will be available on April 23rd in Europe and June 19th in USA (via MVD) and contains a show recorded in Katowice during the Polish leg of the tour promoting the band’s most recent album “Passion”. For the first time in their career, live material will also be released on a Blu-ray.
Kosta Zafiriou, drummer and original member of PINK CREAM 69 has left the band. He will be replaced by his good friend and longtime drum tech Chris Schmidt, who played drums for Sunstorm, First Signal and more. The band already started recording the successor to the “In10sity” album on the March 1. The new, as yet untitled effort will be released by Marquee/Avalon (Japan + SouthEast Asia) and Frontiers Records (rest of the world) in the autumn of 2012.
“Saiko” is the sixth full-length studio album by QUIDAM. It contains that unique kind of music which takes time to make its listeners fall in love with each and every sound. More than ever before, the musicians put strong emphasis on creating specific atmosphere on their latest release. The lack of elaborate compositions and minimalistic approach only intensifies the meaning of each sound. The album abounds in sparse and tasteful musical arrangements and splendid details which become even more prominent after several listening sessions. The musicians skilfully create a certain mood by serving us fabulous and a bit astonishing mixture of various musical influences and inspirations. And yet it contains no artificial ingredients that could ruin the original flavor of Quidam’s music.
PAUL SABU has extended his deal with Z Records for 3 classic reissues! Over the past two decades so called reissues have been released but these where sourced solely from vinyl. June 11th will see the classic “Heartbreak” album rereleased, fully remastered for the first time from the original master tapes with bonus tracks personally selected by Paul. July 30 will see “Only Child” released fully remastered with further bonus tracks. September 17 sees the repackaged and remastered “In Dreams” rereleased once again with bonus tracks.
earMUSIC is proud to announce the release of “20/20”, the 20th studio album of the Canadian progressive rock band SAGA. Finally reunited again with their original singer Michael Sadler, Saga will release the ultimate AOR/progressive rock album worldwide on July 6, 2012. The title “20/20” first of all refers to the album being the 20th of Saga, but in addition it’s a good luck wish to Jim Gilmour, who had to undergo an eye operation during the band’s latest European tour. 20/20 stands for the perfect eyesight. The album features ten brand-new songs, never missing the distinctive sound of Saga’s legendary hits. With striking keyboard sounds and Michael Sadler’s stunning vocals, the album has all that it takes to become an instant fan favourite as well as a worldwide hit. The opener “Six Feet Under” features a dominant keyboard sound, roaring guitars and a chorus you can’t get out of your head. Followed by the catchy, high energy driven “Anywhere You Wanna Go”, Saga clarify that their original trademark sound is still going strong. The emotional ballad “Lost For Words” once again demonstrates Sadler’s incredible vocal range.
It’s with great pleasure that Z Records can announce the signing of TERI TIMS. The signing is a groundbreaking one for the label as Teri is their first ever female signing. The label will be re-releasing Teri’s classic early 90s debut fully remastered with bonus material on July 16. Over the years illegal and sonically below par bootlegs have been seen, but the revamped reissue will finally do justice for this essential slab of melodic rock. Teri is by far one of the best female rock vocalists to be discovered in the last 20 years. It’s with great excitement that Z can also reveal that the current deal also includes a brand-new studio album, which will be released during the autumn of 2012.