We're happy to announce that German Power Metal band Mentalist today has entered the official Media Control German album chart on #94!

Congratulations to the band and the great team which has supported us with this release!


PRIDE & JOY MUSIC are happy to announce the world-wide signing of Canadian Epic Metal band OPERUS! Their new album "Score Of Nightmares" is set for release on June 19th, 2020!

Check out the band's most recent video for the track "La Llorona" on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/zoppJ8mGw6Y

A remixed version of this track will appear on the coming album. The track list is: 1) Overture of Madness, 2) Phantasia, 3) Lost, 4) Dance With Fire, 5) Echoes, 6) Where Falcons Fly, 7) Nightmares, 8) Book of Shadows, 9) The Mirror, 10) Ruin, 11) La Llorona

OPERUS' world class performance style is a cross breed of a metal band with a travelling theatre troupe that come together to produce a unique sound and thrilling live show. Formed by six professional musicians, OPERUS' depth comes from the vast musical experience each member brings with them. From extensive studio time, to worldwide performances in metal bands, Symphonic/chamber orchestras and the stages of musical theatre. OPERUS has come for all metalheads and music lovers around the globe.

The combined musical knowledge in OPERUS comes from decades of intense dedication to music with University and Masters Degrees, Royal Conservatory of Music certifications and first-hand experience from performing live across North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

These experiences from the band members include well known ensembles such as Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Robin Howe), Annihilator (Oscar Rangel), Vital Remains (Dean Paul Arnold), Skull Fist (J.J. Tartaglia), Eclipse Eternal (Wojciech Sokolowski), and leading roles in professional theatrical productions such as Jukebox Hero and Beauty & the Beast (David Michael Moote).

OPERUS has brought their world class performance to such great stages as Wacken in Germany and Force Fest in Mexico in addition to opening for power metal heavy hitters Sonata Arctica and the Rhapsody Reunion Tour.

In 2015 OPERUS recorded and produced their debut EP, “Opus I”, which was followed by their debut full length album "Cenotaph" recorded at Silverwings Studios, Montreal in early 2017. Cenotaph was released worldwide on October 13, 2017 through Dark Star Records in Association with MVD Entertainment and Sony Music.

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Right in time for their tour with Semblant in April, Italian Heavy Metal band SECRET RULE’s new and fifth album in total, “Against”, was released on Friday last week via Pride & Joy Music!


In support of “Against”, the band also has released two video clips to promote. The video for the track “Purgatory” now has crossed the 100.000 plays mark and can be watched here:



The second video, this time for the track “Shades Of Humanity” is found at the following URL: https://youtu.be/WrIF4mvxj9M


Some press feedback:

“An album suitable for fans of the lesser progressive Nightwish and Kamelot!” (Rock Hard, DE)

“All the elements of melody and dynamics are there in a grandiose collection of songs and it would be a miss not to alert the hoards of fans of Evanescence and Within Temptation to Secret Rule’s “on the same class” page.” (Power Play, UK)

“The Italians have developed significantly since the last production.” (powermetal.de)

“From the first couple of seconds of this album, I could tell I was going to like it. However, I was wrong, I did not just like it. I loved it!” (Über Rock, UK)

 “More electronical elements, more power & more own identity! Great performance!” (myrevelations.de)

“This is no ordinary concept album, i found its hypotheses a combination of human condition and that of the celestial, challenged on an unknown passage as cyber slaves.” (Rock Poser, UK)

“SECRET RULE is a damn good band!” (Hard Rock, SE)

“’Against’ is an excellent modern symphonic metal album which gives us songs with a dark style, with fast, heavy, forceful, energetic, romantic, and direct musical notes!” (Darkzen, MEX)

“Everyone who liked the band’s previous records, can buy this one blind!” (Crossfire, DE)

“Imagine a fusion of the best elements of Evanescence, Nightwish, Trivium, old elements from The Gathering with hard rock/heavy elements, and the listener can have an idea of what is expecting on this album. And the band shows an amazing flow of energy on each song.” (Metal Temple, GR)

“So, the question here is what we are going to hear from Secret Rule's newest effort? The answer is simple: modern melodic metal stuff with powerful performances, tons of melodies and some killer songs. For me, Secret Rule is one of the best new bands in this particular scene.” (Heavy Paradise, GR)


SECRET RULE are a busy live band – catch them on one or more of the following dates soon:

SECRET RULE (as support for Semblant)

02.04. BE-Namur, Belvedere

03.04. NL-Rotterdam, Baroeg

04.04. FR-Paris, La Boule Noire

05.04. D-Weinheim, Café Central

06.04. UK-London, The Underworld Camden

09.04. P-Lisboa,RCA CLUB

10.04. E-Madrid, Nazca Music Live

11.04. E-Barcelona, Razzmatazz 3

12.04. F-Lyon, Rock N Eat

13.04. CH-St. Maurice, Le Manoir Pub

14.04. CH-Pratteln, Konzertfabrik Z7

15.04. D-Berlin, Musik & Frieden

16.04. PL, Klub Zaścianek

17.04.SK-Bratislava, Randal Club 

18.04. I-Rome, Traffic Live 


SECRET RULE (with supports: Akoma & Oversense)

02.06. UK-Manchester, Rebellion

03.06. UK-London, Nambucca

04.06. UK-Newcastle, Trillions

05.06. UK- Swansea, Hangar 18

06.06. UK-Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon

07.06. UK-Norwich, The Brickmakers


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PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is happy to announce the signing of ADRIAN BENEGAS! The artist’s debut album “The Revenant” will be released on November 15th, 2019 and features the incredible singers Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Herbie Langhans (Radiant/ Avantasia), Zuberoa Aznarez (Diabulus In Musica/ Tragul) and Henning Basse (Firewind, MaYan) in the line-up.

Moredeatiled information about this release is found below. The first single “Servants Of The Death” will be released in advance on September 27th, 2019. The PR for this release will start at the end of this month!


Adrian Benegas, composer, keyboardist and entrepreneur, was born in March 1, 1989 in Asuncion, Paraguay. Mostly known for being the founder of the international metal project TRAGUL. He started his career into music when he created his first metal project called Pergana back in 2008 which released two EP's. In 2015, he founded Abracadabra, a symphonic metal project featuring Emilie Ragni (Luca Turilli) on vocals. Abracadabra released two EPs, "Forbidden Magic" (2015) and "Samhain Night" (2016).

A year after, Adrian founded Tragul and stepped into the professional scene hiring some great artists to collaborate with him such as Alex Holzwarth, Oliver Holzwarth (Blind Guardian), Steve Conley, Zuberoa Aznarez and Sander Zoer. Tragul is musically an innovative band, exploring new non-traditional worlds when it comes to getting their music heard. Tragul’s releases come in a unique “song-by-song” format and even with its brief musical path, the band is recognized for its potential. Since June 2017, the band has released 8 singles, widely acclaimed by critics

In 2019 and parallel to Tragul, Adrian started the production of his most ambitious project: a debut album, writing all the lyrics, concept and all music by himself. The album also includes the participation of Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Herbie Langhans  Avantasia, Henning Basse (Firewind), Zuberoa Aznarez (Diabulus in Musica, Tragul) together with a base line up from Paraguay that includes Sebastian Ramirez (d) and Diego Bogarín (g, Tragul).

One very important feature of the Paraguayan’s debut album is that it’s a conceptual one with a profound meaning, about the tale of an unredeemed soul's journey from the depths of its own hell to the edge of inner paradise, seeking self-realization. You can say this album gives an insight into the human journey itself, the ups and downs, finally finding the light at the end of the tunnel.

“The Revenant” was produced by Adrian Benegas, and mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen, except for track 1, “Servants Of The Death” which was mixed by Alberto Bravin and mastered by Maor Appelbaum. Artwork by Carlos Fides @ Artside Studio.

Track list: 1. Servants Of The Death, 2. Cadavria, 3. Face To Face, 4. The Enemy Within, 5. Inferno, 6. A Change Of Heart, 7. Carrier Of The Sunlight, 8. The Light Of My Dreams, 9. The Revenant

Line-up: Ralf Scheepers – vocals (track 1); Henning Basse – vocals (tracks 2, 3, 5), Zuberoa Aznárez – vocals (tracks 2, 3, 5), Herbie Langhans – vocals (tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9), Adrian Benegas – keyboards, composer, Diego Bogarín – guitars & bass, Seba Ramirez  - drums, Alex Holzwarth drums (track 5)


German Hard Rock band BONFIRE for a couple of decades has been one of the busiest touring bands and consistently also is a regular guest at numerous big European Metal festivals. On August 4th, 2018 the Ingolstadt based group once again set a highlight performance at the world’s biggest Heavy Metal festival: Wacken Open Air.

The show in Wacken was filmed and will now be released on June 14th, 2019 as DVD, as CD, as LP and digital under the name “Live On Holy Ground 2018”. The main film offers a superb ‘best of’ journey through time and includes BONFIRE’s own classic hits like „Ready 4 Reaction“, „Sweet Obsession“ and „American Nights“. The DVD version with “Praying 4 A Miracle” (radio edit), “Locomotive Breath” (radio edit), “Sweet Obsession” (2019) and “American Nights” (2019) shows four bonus video clips which are also included on the CD, LP and digital as audio files. The first pressing of all three physical formats is coming handsigned by the band!

Tracklist: 1.In the Beginning, 2.Ready 4 Reaction, 3.Never Mind, 4.Don´t touch the light, 5.American Nights, 6.Give it a try, 7.Sword and Stone, 8.SDI, 9.Sweet Obsession, 10.Champion; Bonus Tracks: 11.Praying 4 A Miracle, 12.Locomotive Breath, 13. American Nights (2019), 14. Sweet Obsession (2019)

Filmed & recorded live at Wacken Open Air on August 4th, 2018

Mix & Mastering: Tom Müller (Flatliner Studios)

Produced by: Hans Ziller

Additional Recordings by Rolf Munkes at Empire Studios

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Locomotive Breath – Byron Mansylla, AVMS

Artwork design: The Digital Dictators

DVD information: FSK12, Playing time: 60:09 min, Full screen: 4:3, DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital, NTSC, Full HD, Region Code: 0

BONFIRE are: Hans Ziller – Lead, Rhythm-Guitar, Backing Vocals; Alexx Stahl – Lead Vocals; Ronnie Parkes – Bass, Backing Vocals; Frank Pané- Lead, Rhythm-Guitar, Backing Vocals; André Hilgers – Drums, Percussion

Additional Musicians: Tim Breideband, Harry Reischmann – Drums; Paul Morris, Fredrik Bergh, Alessandro DelVecchio – Keyboards; Mike Gerhold & Alessandro DelVecchio – Backing Vocals



Italian female fronted Metal band SECRET RULE will kick-off their next European headliner tour in Mörlenbach, Germany on April 26th, 2019! All dates are found below.

To promote the shows and their current album “The 7 Endless”, the band just released a new video clip for the track “Birth”.

Youtube link “Birth”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3R9uYeAlwI

Secret Rule played numerous shows all over the Europe, including headlining European tours, sharing the stage with great bands such as Delain, Beyond the Black, Xandria, Serenity, Kobra & the Lotus, Blaze Bayley, Visions of Atlantis and Cellar Darling and performing at festivals including the Barcia Metal Fest and the Metal Fest Event - Femme.

Secret Rules’ new, fourth album is called "The 7 Endless" and shows a progress in the band’s sound. The concept story was inspired by "The Endless", characters created by Neil Gaiman for the comic book "The Sandman".

26.04 - DE - Mörlenbach / Live Music Hall 

27.04 - DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser 

28.04 - DE - Hamburg / Bambi Galore 

29.04 - DE - Oberhausen / Kulttempel 

30.04 - NL - Breda / Sound Dog 

01.05 - FR - Paris / Le Klub 

02.05 - BE - Bree / Ragnarok Live Club 

03.05 - BE - Ichtegem / B52 music club 

04.05 - FR - Pagney-Derriere / Chez Paulette

30.05 - SE - Stockholm / Pub Anchor

08.06 - ES - Alameda / 9° Camorock

14.08 - UK - Bilston / The Robin 2

15.08 - UK - Newcastle / Trillians

16.08 - UK - Manchester / Satans Hollow

17.08 - UK - Swansea / Hangar18

18.08 - UK - London / Nambucca


Secret Rule are: Angela Di Vincenzo – Vocals; Andy Menario - Guitar & Keyboards; Michele Raspanti – Bass; Nicola Corrente - Drums

Current album: “The 7 Endless” (Pride & Joy Music)

Official Website: https://www.secretrule.it

Official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/secretruleband 

Official YT Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/SecretRule

Official Label Website: www.prideandjoy.de

Official Label Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/prideandjoymusic

This month with news from: Echoes, Floating Worlds, Lugnet, MASS, Qantice, Tarchon Fist, and a tour date update.


::: Next release: QANTICE – The Anastoria – out April 26th, 2019! :::

Qantice is more than your average virtuoso symphonic metal band. Its sci-fi saga encompasses both a story and the craziest sci fi/fantasy movie atmospheres. Enriched by a violinist and various traditional instruments, the sound of the French quintet is unique in this scene.


On their previous album “The Phantonauts”, Qantice had gathered prestigious names like PelleK (3 million subscribers on YouTube) as lead vocalist, Zaher Zorgati (Myrath) or Yossi Sassi (ex-Orphaned Land). Then, in 2016, the band recruited Swedish singer David Akesson (Aldaria, Vivaldi Metal Project, Six Foot Six, ex Moonlight Agony) to share the stage with Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody on their European tour, and then Myrath in Paris.

Thanks to a lineup strengthened by touring together, the band’s chemistry is stronger than ever, making this third album their most epic and collaborative effort yet. With Kevin Codfert (Adagio, Myrath) on production and many surprises such as Italian opera tenor Riccardo Cecchi from L T’s Rhapsody, here’s a new offering of pure epicness, served by the biggest orchestras and choirs ever deployed in a Qantice album.


David Åkesson: Lead & Backing Vocals, Trumpet; Tony Beaufils: Guitars, Banjo, Bouzouki, Synths and Orchestration; Alexandra Laya: Violin; Christine Lanusse: Bass; Aurélien Joucla: Drums


Riccardo Cecci: Vocals on Fractal Universe, Krooner; Dimitri Halby: Transverse Flute on Little Knight's Oath; John Lang: Uilleann pipe on Rivers Can't Fly; Justine Descamps: Oboe on Timeline Tragedy; Arnaud Condé: Flute on Cosmic Sway; Bassoon on Cosmic Sway, Fractal Universe; Kevin Codfert: Piano on Without a Hero, Mad Clowns; Tomaz Boucherifi-Kadiou: Bombarde on Timeline Tragedy

Web: www.facebook.com/qanticeofficial

Formats: CD and digital

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Haulix: available now

Release date: April 26th, 2019


::: MASS – PR start for “Still Chained”! :::

The PR campaign for the comeback album “Still Chained” by German Hard Rock veterans MASS now has started! Please request the title if you haven’t done this yet. The band also is available for interviews!


Founded in 1973 with an international line-up (from Germany, Switzerland, USA), MASS in their prime time played about 180 gigs in clubs and at  festivals every year all over Europe. They sold over 200.000 albums and received radio airplay all over the continent. The album „Slaughter House“ (1979) hit the top 5 of the Greek album charts. A few years later, the readers of a famous German Hard Rock magazine voted MASS on # 4 of the best German Metal Bands after the Scorpions, Accept and Warlock. But fate doesn’t care about glory or fame. Just like so many musicians at the time, they had to pay the price for an excessive Rock’ n Roll lifestyle which resulted in the breakup of the band in 1987.

The band returns on April 26th, 2019 with their brand new studio album “Still Chained”.

Next live dates:

26.04. D-Regensburg, Tiki Beat

13.09. D-Wurz, Storm Crusher Festival

Web: www.mass-rock.com

Formats: CD & digital

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Haulix: available now

Release date: April 26th, 2019


::::FLOATING WORLDS return with new album “Battleship Oceania” on May 17th, 2019! :::

FLOATING WORLDS are pleased to announce the release of our third album entitled “Battleship Oceania” via Pride & Joy Music, on May 17th 2019.


The album consists of 12 songs and narrates the story of a legendary battleship and its crew, who both turned into a horrifying floating ghost, after the assignment of a mission that proved to be fatal.

Through the unexpected revelations and events that take place as the story unfolds, the listeners take a close look at the ugly face of war, the manipulations of vain people interested in power and money and the obscure role of global media but they also have the opportunity to witness the self-sacrifice for the greater good, the sincere repentance and the greatness of forgiveness.

The album was recorded and mixed at “CFN Recordings Studio” by Dion Christodoulatos. Mastering was held by Nasos Nomikos at “Vu Productions Mastering Studio”. Front cover was designed by Virginia Kakava and booklet was designed by Costas Capayannidis.


  1.  Oceania,  2.  Sailing In History, 3.  New Mission, 4.  The Empire Of The Media, 5.  The Curse,  6.  Retribution, 7.  Game Of Thrones, 8.  Captain Evil,  9.  The Last Goodbye, 10. Devine Love, 11. Eternal Sleep, 12. Island Of Dreams

Web: https://www.facebook.com/FloatingWorldsGR

Haulix: end of March/ early April

Release date: May 17th, 2019


::: ECHOES release trailer for “Live From The Dark Side”! :::

On March 15th, 2019 Germany’s finest PINK FLOYD tribute Band ECHOES will release their new 2-CD, Blu-ray, DVD and Box Set “Live From The Dark Side” which was filmed last year at Rock Of Ages Festival in Germany.

Check out the brand new trailer here: https://youtu.be/mMAo2cseolg

During the event, ECHOES were joined on stage by the guests Geoff Tate (Operation Mindcrime), Michael Sadler (Saga) and Midge Ure (Ultravox).

Web: www.echoes.de

Formats: 2-CD, Blu-ray, DVD, digital & box

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Haulix (audio): available now

Release date: March 15th, 2019


::: New signing: TARCHON FIST from Italy!”

pic by: Stefano "Steve" De Guglielmo

PRIDE & JOY MUSIC welcomes a new signing on board: Italian Heavy Metal band TARCHON FIST! The band was founded in 2005 on the ashes of 80’s Metal band RAIN by Lvcio Tattioni (guitars) and just has finished the recordings for their fourth studio album called “Apocalypse” which will be released in Summer 2019. Stay tuned for more news on this band soon and check out a live video from their most recent appearance at Wacken Open Air here:

Tarchon Fist are:

Mirco “Ramon” Ramondo – Lead Vocals; Luciano “Lvcio” Tattini – Guitars and Vocals; Sergio “Rix” Rizzo – Guitars and Vocals; Marco “Wallace” Pazzini – Bass Guitars and Vocals; Giacomo “Jack” Lauretani – Drums

Web: www.tarchonfist.com

New album: Apolcalypse (to be released in August 2019)


:::LUGNET hit the Swedish vinyl chart “Nightwalker”!:::

On February 1st, 2019 Swedish 70’s Hard Rock band LUGNET hit the official sales chart in their native country Sweden on #10 for the first time with the vinyl version of the “Nightwalker” release!

The band thrives on new singer Johan Fahlbergs (Jaded Heart) voice with immense power and range. The extraordinary driving rhythm section consists of bass player Lennart "Z" Zethzon (Badge) and drummer Fredrik Jansson (Angel Witch, ex Witchcraft). New guitar player Matti Norlin adds (Badge and solo artist) a great bluestone, together with heavy guitar riffs from Marcus "Mackan" Holten.

Check out the video for the track “Begging’” here: https://youtu.be/3c6_9BjfkqA

Web: www.lugnetrock.com

Formats: CD, LP and digital

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Haulix: available

Release date: January 25th, 2019


::: TOUR DATES :::


15.03. F-Besancon, PDZ


25.07.-27.07.2019 D-Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Headbanger’s Open Air


15.03. D-Erfurt, Das Brett

16.03. D-Neuruppin, Kulturkirche

30.03. D-Forst, Alex-Hiber-Forum

12.04. D-Bonn, Harmonie

27.04. D-Hagen, Stadthalle

11.05. D-Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal

21.06. D-Kranichfeld, Freilichtbühne

29.06. D-Nürnberg, Serenadenhof

29.07. D-Calw, Klostersommer

31.07. D-Klingenberg/Main, Clingenburg

02.08. D-Magdeburg, Seebühne

11.08. D-München, Brunnenhof der Residenz

22.09. D-Hanau, Amphitheater 

11.10. D-Wendlingen, Zeltspektakel

12.10. D-Mörfelden, Bürgerhaus

25.10. D-Zweibrücken, Festhalle

26.10. D- Saarlouis, Theater am Ring

31.10. D-Landshut, Sparkassenarena

09.11. D-Vallendar, Stadthalle

16.11. D-Zwickau, Stadthalle

22.11. D-Osnabrück, Rosenhof

06.12. D-Landau, Universum

07.12. D-Rastatt, Badnerhalle



13.03. D-Hamburg, Logo

05.04. D-Steinbruch, Duisburg

04.05. D-Hamburg, Maria’s Ballroom

18.05. D-Aldenhoven, Rockheaven


10.08. SE-Tungelsta/Stockholm, Trädgårdsrocken Festival


24.06. D-Regensburg, Tiki Beat

13.09. D-Wurz, Storm Crusher Festival

SECRET RULE (with supports: Astray Valley & Blackdraft)

26.04. D-Mörlenbach, Live Music Hall

27.04. D-Leipzig, Hellraiser

28.04. D-Hamburg, Bambi Galore

29.04. D-Oberhausen, Kulttempel

30.04. NL-Breda, Sound Dog

01.05. F-Paris, Le Klub

02.05. B-Bree, Ragnarok Live Club

03.05. B-Eernegem, B52

04.05. F-Pagney-Derriere Barine, Chez Paulette

08.06. ESP-Alameda (Malaga), Camorock


27.04. BE-Paal, t.b.a.

28.04. NL-Rotterdam, t.b.a.


22.03. D-Neukirchen (Knüll), Sägewerk (35th Squealer band anniversary show)

30.03. D-Waldbronn (near Karlsruhe), Soundcheck One


01.06. SE-Grytholmen, Music Festival



27.04. D-Markt Wald, Roc N Loc Festival



22.03.19 BUL-Sofia, Mixtape 5

28.06.19 NL-Dokkem Open Air Festival

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