Pride & Joy Music is delighted to announce the signing of Italian Progressive Metal band SOUL SECRET for the release of their fourth album “Babel” which will be released on July 28th, 2017. Songs from this record will premiere live in Germany at the band’s opening performance for this year’s NIGHT OF THE PROG FESTIVAL at the Loreley on July 14th, opening for none other than MIKE PORTNOY.
Soul Secret are an Italian progressive metal band based in Naples. After a long time playing together, they hit the market in 2008 with their debut album "Flowing Portraits", published by ProgRock Records and with Mark Basile (DGM) as guest singer on the whole album. This album was highly praised by the critics and let them play on stage together with bands like Pendragon, Vanden Plas and Subsignal. After three years the band published "Closer To Daylight" under Galileo Records, a heavier album featuring Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie Band) on "River's Edge" and Arno Menses on the acclaimed 16+ minutes suite "Aftermath". After playing together again with Subsignal and Vanden Plas, the band decided to change the singer and to start working on a new album. While writing it, they played together with Haken and Neal Morse Band. Their third release, called "4", was their first concept album and released on April 10th 2015 (October 4th in USA) by GoldenCore Records and distributed by Zyx Music.
Their new album, titled "BABEL", will be released by Pride & Joy Music on July 28th 2017 and will be previewed at Night Of The Prog, opening Mike Portnoy's show. BABEL is a concept album, covering topics like religion and love and ranging from classic progressive rock to more modern progressive metal, with influences from djent, electronic and latin music. The artwork was completely designed by Thomas Ewerhard and the mix handled by Alex Argento (Virgil Donati, Marco Sfogli).
Line-up: Claudio Casaburi (Bass), Luca Di Gennaro (Keyboards), Lino Di Pietrantonio (Vocals), Antonio Mocerino (Drums), Antonio Vittozzi (Guitars)
14.07. D-Loreley, Night Of The Prog
Pride & Joy Music is delighted to announce the signing of Swedish Hard Blues Rock band BADGE for the release of their third album “If It Hurts It Must Be Good”! The release was set to July 28th, 2017!
BADGE was put together by guitarist/singer Matti Norlin and drummer Fredrik Haake in 2002. Matti´s love for Pre War Blues and both their ambition to create new and exciting music is the drive.
Since then BADGE has released two albums "Kill Another Fuzz" in 2010 and "If I Could Love I'd Love This" in 2013. Their new album" If It Hurts It Must Be Good" will be available via Pride & Joy Music from July 28th, 2017.
With focus on energy, new paths and groove, but always to serve the song, BADGE has been breaking new ground ever since. Even though they started out with the old Blues in mind, they never thought about themselves as a Blues band. Rather a band that makes it’s own mark with many influences.
In 2013 BADGE was picked to represent Sweden in the European Blues Challenge. In 2014 Matti Norlin and Fredrik Haake got a composer-scholarship from SKAP (Swedish Society of song-writers) for the music of BADGE, and the video for the track “If I Could Love This” reached over 135.000 views on YouTube.
With the new album "If It Hurts It Must Be Good", they have really come a long way as far as songwriting and getting a unique sound on print! The first advance single from the album, "Break Down", was picked by Swedish national radio as one of the top 30 songs of Rock in 2015!
*Matti Norlin has released four solo albums: Pre War Blues (1995), Kitchen Sink Blues (1998), Sliding Out (2002) and LIVE - Blues Three Floors Up (2010). Matti has established himself as a great blues artist and is one of the most perceptive interpreters of early Scandinavian "Pre War Blues". He has also appeared on records with Sam Mitchell (ex-Rod Stewart's band), Nicolai Dunger and Tony & The Bitters (interpretations of the Swedish death metal band Dismember).
*Fredrik Haake has previously played with New York band God is my co-pilot as he made several tours with, both in Europe and the U.S. Fredrik was involved in two of the band's CDs. He also starred in his New York period in Jim Sclavunos (from Nick Cave's Bad Seeds) new band The Vanity Set and recorded an album with Roger Manning. Fredrik has also been featured in Sideburn, Moa and Swedish-American heavy metal band Meldrum who toured with: Motorhead, Zakk Wylde Black Label Society, Sepultura, Danzig, and Nashville Pussy.
*Lennart "Z" Zethzon is featured in Swedish Classic rock band "Lugnet" who released their debut last year. He also appears on two albums with Clifftones. In -98 Lennart put down the bass for Leda Battisti's self title release, featuring Grammy Award winner Ottmar Liebert.
Five years after leaving Angra in 2012, internationally renowned Brazilian singer Edu Falaschi announces he will be performing songs from the band's catalog as part of his newly launched solo career with plans to tour various countries. Falaschi released his solo album "Moonlight" last year via your Pride & Joy Music. The album comprises of acoustic versions of the most significant songs of his career with Angra and Almah.
"I've had many requests for concerts singing Angra! It's natural since I was Angra's lead singer for 12 years. Now Angra fans around the globe can have the chance to hear the Angra anthems performed by the original singer in an emotional and nostalgic experience that will bring back the good feelings from the golden years! I plan to perform first in South America and from there reach fans across USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia." says Falaschi.
Edu Falaschi's first concert will take place in Lima, Peru on May 23rd, where he will perform Angra's classic album "Rebirth".
Throughout his career Edu Falaschi has sold over 1 million albums, recorded 15 albums, along with several world tours that have included Japan, Europe, UAE and South America plus many important festivals like Wacken, Sweden Rock, Monsters of Rock, Rock in Rio, Progpower, Rock Machina, Gods of Metal, etc.
Music Video - Nova Era off solo album "Moonlight" (2016) –
Edu Falaschi started his professional career in 1990 working in such bands as Mitrium and Symbols. For more than ten years (2001 – 2012) he was the front man and one of the main composers of ANGRA and recorded four albums with the iconic of Brazilian metal band. Many live and radio hits of the band, as Nova Era, Lease Of Life, Wishing Well, Spead Your Fire and others, are written by Edu. In 2006 Edu Falaschi established his own band, ALMAH and garnered international success. ALMAH has released five studio albums: “Almah” (2006), “Fragile Equality” (2008), “Motion” (2011), “Unfold” (2013) and "E.V.O" (2017). Edu Falaschi was voted by Japanese fans as one of the best rock singers in the world several times. He is often invited as a special guest to shows and recordings of many Brazilian and international stars such as Tarja Turunen, Vivaldi Metal Project, Genius Rock Opera, Soulspell Metal Opera, and others.
Die PR für das neue LICHTGESTALT-Album „Tempus Fugit“ (EVT: 26.05. über Pride & Joy Music/Edel) befindet sich in vollem Gange. Gestern veröffentlichte die NDH-/Metal-Band aus NRW ihren Videoclip zum Song „So kalt dein Lächeln“, welchen ihr bei Youtube unter folgendem Link finden könnt:
Wir nehmen gerne weitere Bemusterungsanfragen und Interviewwünsche für die Band entgegen und möchten noch einmal auf das Release-Konzert mit Schattenmann & Schlagwetter am 24.06.2017 in Münster im Sputnik hinweisen!
Als LICHTGESTALT sich Ende 2013 gründeten, verdeutlichte sich schnell, dass der Vierer aus dem Ruhrgebiet/Münsterland in der Szene unaufhaltsam durchstarten wird. Nach nur einigen Monaten gemeinsamen Probens stand bereits das beeindruckende Songmaterial für die Debüt-EP „Lichtgestalt“, welche die Band schon im Jahr 2014 in Eigenregie erfolgreich veröffentlichte und zugleich in die MRC30 Clubcharts hievte.
Das folgende Album „Motorenherz“ erschien im April 2015 bei Danse Macabre und wurde von der Fachpresse allseits gefeiert und geadelt; so schrieb u.a. powermetal.de, „dass (der Song „Tiefenrausch“) grandios zu Gehör stellt, warum diese Band und keine andere ein Anrecht auf die Krone der deutschen harten Musik hat...“, während das Magazin Orkus dem Vierer gar bescheinigt, gleich einen neuen Stil erfunden zu haben: „...Theatralisch, abgefahren, anders....Lichtgestalt kreieren mit ihrem Debütalbum direkt ein neues Genre: den "Neuen Harten Steam"....
Dass der harmonische Vierer um den charismatischen Frontmann Thomas C. Hertz ebenso in der Lage ist, die Energie aus dem Studio auf die Bühnen zu transportieren, stellt die Band seit Mai 2015 eindrucksvoll und regelmäßig auch live unter Beweis. Mit niemand geringerem als der NDH-Ikone Stahlmann absolvierten LICHTGESTALT 2015 gleich zwei erfolgreiche Tourneen.
Im Anschluss an die Konzerte begann Gitarrist und Songwriter Der Heizzer gemeinsam mit Sänger und Texter Thomas C. Hertz mit dem Songwriting für das Zweitwerk „Temous Fugit“, das Ende Mai 2017 nach einem Wechsel der Plattenfirma bei Pride & Joy Music im Vertrieb von Edel erscheinen wird. In der Zwischenzeit gastierte die Formation, die weiterhin von Lippmann am Bass und Brukke am Schlagzeug vorangetrieben wird, 2016 u.a. beim Gothic Castle Festival auf Burg Satzvey und absolvierte diverse Club-Gigs, bevor dann zum Album-VÖ die Liveaktivitäten noch weiter ausgebaut wurden, u.a. in Form einer 14-tätigen Europatour im Februar 2017 gemeinsam mit den Metallern Almanac und Gloryful.
Die nächsten Live-Termine:
27.05.2017 Gothic Meets Rock Festival, Gut Haarbecke, Kierspe
24.06.2017 Münster, Sputnik (Lichtgestalt, Schattenmann & Schlagwetter – Record Release Party)
18.11.2017 Euskirchen, Altes Casino (Escalate Festival)
We’re happy to announce the signing of German Gothic/ Dark Metal band VOODOMA!
Based in Düsseldorf, Germany the group since 2002 has released six albums and three EP’s and played more than 150 live shows and several big festivals including Wacken Open Air, Ragnaröck, Castle Rock plus many more!
Voodoma are currently working on their new full-length album release which will be available in Autumn 2017 on Pride & Joy Music!
Listen to the band on Spotify: spotify:artist:3Ovn0fSBtUfaYoi8WqRARG
13.05. CH-Zürich, Dynamo Werk 21
27.05. D-Kierspe, Gut Haarbecke – Gothic Meets Rock Festival
23.06. NL-Eygelshoven, Rockheaven – Dark Rock Festival
30.06. D-Münster, Das Schloss Rockt 2017
04.08. D-Dormagen, Freilichtbühne – Rock N Roll Slam Festival (mit Heldmaschine, Unzucht, End of Green, Jaded Heart, The Other, Kissin‘ Dynamite u.v.m.)
30.09. D-Essen, Ground Zero
09.12. D-Neuss, Hamtorkrug, Schwarze Nacht
STARSICK SYSTEM is a new sensation in modern hard rock featuring vocalist and guitarist Marco Sandron (Pathosray, Eden’s Curse, Fairyland, etc), bassist Valeria Battain and lead guitarist David Donati (both known in Syrayde) plus producer, songwriter and drummer Ivan Moni Bidin (Pathosray, Ashent, Garden Wall, Syrayde, etc) in the line-up.
Today, the lyric video for the first instant grat/ single “Bulletproof” will be released. Check out the video on youtube at this link:
Bassist Valeria Battain comments on the track: “Bulletproof is song of “rebellion" but with an ironic tone. It will take on a personal meaning to everyone who hears it, but the message is the same: stand up for what you believe in, no matter what other people say, face your enemies, be proud of you and take back yourself respect against bullies, self-centered and arrogant ones. We chose this song as first single cause the mood and the melodies are the perfect evolution of our original sound. It’s a perfect match of heavy riffing and catchy refrains that is what distinguishes us mostly!”
The album “Lies, Hope & Other Stories” will hit the shelves on June 23rd, 2017 via Pride & Joy Music. Next to 10 original songs, the record also features an outstanding cover of the Chris Cornell song “You Know My Name” (James Bond 007 – Casino Royale soundtrack).
Line-up: Marco Sandron – vocals, guitars; David Donati – guitars; Ivan Moni Bidin – drums, Valeria Battain – bass
Track list: 1. Nebolus, 2. I Am The Hurricane, 3. Bulletproof, 4. Sinner, 5. The Promise, 6. Scars, 7. Everything And More, 8. Come One, Come All, 9. Perfect Lie, 10. Hope, 11. You Know My Name (Chris Cornell 007 soundtrack cover)
Pre-order the album here: http://hyperurl.co/StarsickHopesLies
Produced, recorded, mixed & mastered by Ivan Moni Bidin @ Artesonika Studio (Pordenone - Italy)
All music by Ivan Moni Bidin, all lyrics by Valeria Battain, arrangements by Valeria Battain and Starsick System
Artwork by Dixon Jong @ Intuitive Design
Photo by Max Valerio Photographer
The PR for this release will start on May 2nd, 2017. Please send us your requests!
EMPIRE just released an audio video for the track "One In A Million" from the album "Trading Souls" which will be released on May 26th, 2017! Just click onto the cover below for watching the clip:
EMPIRE is the Hard Rock band of German guitarist Rolf Munkes (ex Majesty, ex Razorback, Crematory) which has released four exceptional albums in between the years of 2001 and 2007. On these releases, Munkes was accompanied by numerous high-class musicians.
The history of EMPIRE began in the year 2001 with the release of the album “Hypnotica” (Lion Music) which featured both the American singers Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and Lance King (ex Nightmare) on vocals. The line-up at the time was completed by Neil Murray (bass, ex Whitesnake, Brian May Band, Black Sabbath etc.), Gerald Klos (drums), Anders Johansson (drums, ex Stratovarius) and Don Airey (keyboards, ex Rainbow, Deep Purple). Rolf Munkes produced „Hypnotica“ himself; the mix was handled by Stefan Kaufmann (ex Accept, ex U.D.O.).
Only one year later, “Trading Souls”, the band’s second album came out on Lion Music. The CD once again was produced by Munkes with the mix being handled by Kaufmann. On this release, singer extraordinare Tony Martin (ex Black Sabbath) replaced King and Martin on the vocal spot.
Tony Martin also sang on the – up until now – most successful CD from EMPIRE, “The Rave Ride”, which was released in 2006 on German label Metal Heaven. Besides of Munkes, who, for the first also produced and mixed this release himself at his own Empire Studios in Bensheim, Germany, Neil Murray took again care of the bass work whilst the drums this time were handled by ex-Rage/ex-Axxis drummer André Hilgers.
In 2007, the so far last album of EMPIRE saw the light of day. “Chasing Shadows” was once again released on Metal Heaven and the first record feat. former Rainbow singer Doogie White in the line-up. Mike Terrana (ex Rage, ex Axel Rudi Pell, Tarja Turunen) joined the group on drums.
In 2017, German label Pride & Joy Music will re-issue all four releases in a revised version. “Trading Souls” which will be released on May 26th, 2017.