product: Constancia - Brave New World

release date: 18.06.2021

territory: world JP

formats: CD & digital

The album title “Brave New World” is both meant to be seen as inspirational for 2021, and it is also a nod to the fact that the band has a new singer. The album was written and recorded with former singer David Fremberg in mind, but when he couldn’t find the time for the band, UK singer Pete Godfrey (IN FAITH, BLOOD RED SAINTS) was drafted. Being an incredibly creative guy, he took on the songs with a new view, wrote new lyrics and came up with his own vocal arrangements, which lifted the album to a whole new level.

CONSTANCIA started in 2007, as the brainchild of former Scudiero/Token keyboard player Mikael Rosengren. He had written a bunch of songs that he wanted to record. He got in touch with guitarist Janne Stark (Overdrive, Grand Design, Locomotive Breath etc) and asked him to lay down some guitars. Janne contacted drummer Peter “TrumPeter” Svensson (ex-Mercy, Faith), with whom he had worked in Overheat, Locomotive Breath and Mountain of Power. Mikael drafted Jaded Heart bassist Michael Müller, and they tried out various vocalists before finding David Fremberg (Andromeda). CONSTANCIA’s debut album “Lost And Gone” was released in 2009.

In 2013, bassist Linus Abrahamson (Andromeda) replaced Michael Müller on bass, “Final Curtain” saw the light of day in 2015.

In 2019 CONSTANCIA started working on new material. Since all the members were quite busy with other bands and projects, their writing process took its time, but in early 2020 the band had enough strong material to start recording. Unfortunately, original singer David Fremberg was too heavily involved in his new Reggae Kiss project, working in his studio and other projects, so he politely made his departure. Janne had been writing and working with British singer Pete Godfrey on other stuff and felt his voice would be perfect for the band. Pete tried out a few songs, where he also wrote new vocal melodies and lyrics, and it was just the perfect match. Even magical! When it finally came to mixing the album, Janne made some pre-production mixes which sounded fine, but to get the real icing on the cake they engaged Fredrik Folkare (Token, Eclipse), who also mixed the first album.

Musically the band is still creating the nice blend of melodies, progressive touches and aggressive guitars, now topped with the stellar vocal arrangements and voice of Pete Godfrey.


product: Angelwings - Primordium

release date: 18.06.2021

territory: world

formats: CD & digital

Angelwings were born in April 2013 out of a group of experienced musicians that had been in the local music scene for some time, and who had played in different bands a wide variety of musical genres.

Initially, to gel together as a band it was decided to perform a number of covers from Finnish symphonic metal sensation Nightwish. Soon it became clear to all that original music would have a very considerable element of orchestration. Thus, Angelwings became the first symphonic metal band from Gibraltar.

It is in October 2014 when the band starts to write their original material.

On the 27th June 2015 Angelwings supported Heavy metal legends Saxon at the "Hard n Heavy" festival in Gibraltar. In September 2015 Angelwings performed at the Gibraltar Music Festival where Kings of Leon and Duran Duran were headliners.

After numerous offers from record labels from around the world, Angelwings signed with Pride and Joy Music label (Germany). Angelwings released its debut LP "The Edge Of Innocence" in 23/6/2017.

Due to circumstances the band had a change in lineup. In October 2018 Angelwings welcomes Ismael (drums), Dani Duran (bass) and Carlos Álvarez-Nava (guitar) as part of the team and on April 2019 David Duran (Dani's brother) joins as our second guitarist.

After a few gigs in Spain and Germany Angelwings continue their work on their next album, “Primordium”.

The group decided for the album to be more focused on a heavier guitar sound but without losing its orchestral and synth sounds. It’s a concept album, following their first album all the way back to the beginning, back to where it all began. This story tells us of a lost soul, one of divine blood who fights for freedom with the help of the Gods themselves. It features professional wind instrument musician Jeroen Goosens and Carlos Alvarez's vocals (guitarist at POWER THEORY and Shadowdance) on the opening track “Genesis”. Although the covid pandemic caused some disruption to the band, they continued and focused their work on the album. In August 2020 they recorded guitars and vocals at Tower Studio with Brett Caldas Lima in France. The bass and keyboards were recorded at Angelwings Studio and drums by Léo Margarit from Pain of Salvation in his studio in Sweden. The amazing artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard. Album set for release on June 18th, 2021 by Pride and Joy Music.


product: Season Of Dreams - Heroes

release date: 18.06.2021

territory: world

formats: CD & digital

After the release of the album ‘My Shelter’ in the year 2020, French/ Swedish Heavy Metal band SEASON OF DREAMS now returns with its sophomore album entitled ‘Heroes’. The main part of the group still consists of Jean-Michael Volz on most instruments and singer/ keyboard player Johannes Nyberg. John Nyberg (guitars) decided to leave SEASONS OF DREAMS for personal reasons.

‘Heroes’ offers a strong collection of ten original songs -  a perfect mix of Power Metal hymns and Heavy Metal riffs. The group’s main inspirations and influences come from bands such as Helloween, Edguy, Accept, Stratovarius, Manowar, Heavenly, Dreamtale, Vhaldemar and many more.

Seven guests joined SEASON OF DREAMS to add their talent to this release. These guests are Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer), Nils Courbaron (Sirenia/T.A.N.K.), Olivier Lapauze (Heavenly), Mikael Dahl (Crystal Eyes), Emil Norberg (Persuader/Savage Circus), and Martin Floberg from Enbound on lead guitars and Kristoffer Göbel from Six Foot Six/Falconer on vocals!

Jean-Michel Volz comments: The song ‘Heroes’ is a tribute to the medical staff who amazingly helped the world in the war against the virus. The fantastic artwork from Stan W Decker shows a warrior doctor in a fantasy world who fights against a virus monster.’ 

The mastering of the album was handled by HK at Vamacara studios in France.


product: Nergard - Eternal White

release date: 21.05.2021

territory: world

formats: CD & digital

NERGARD was originally founded back in 2010 by Norwegian musician Andreas Nergård with the ambitious idea of being a studio project fronted by renowned guest artists from around the world. In the following years they released two albums featuring some of the industries most accomplished vocalists and musicians including Elize Ryd, Ralf Scheepers, Göran Edman, Mike Vescera, Michelle Luppi, Tony Mills, David Reece, Michael Eriksen, Nils K. Rue and many others.

NERGARD also had the privilege of performing at some prestigious shows, such as opening for the legendary Stratovarius on the main stage at the Trondheim Metal Fest in 2015 as well as performing their own sold out shows.

After a few quiet years, whilst busy with other projects, NERGARD resurfaced in the summer of 2020 releasing a tribute single to the late Tony Mills (SHY,TNT) which then inspired Andreas, to start working on new music.

Whilst building ideas for the new album, Andreas decided that he was ready for a new era of NERGARD. With a steady line-up of permanent singers, the group is now fronted by a multinational trio – Stefani Keogh (UK), Andi Kravljaca (Sweden) and Mathias Molund Indergård (Norway).

This new era takes the sound of NERGARD into dark symphonic realms similar to the styles of Nightwish, Kamelot and Avantasia. Entitled “Eternal White”, this new album is a concept piece that's based on the tragic story of the Carolean Death March in 1719, when 3000 Swedish & Finnish soldiers froze to death during the retreat from the failed invasion of Norway. The story is told over 10 songs which showcase the new dynamic line-up whilst continuing to deliver the high calibre of music that we have come to expect from Andreas and with a nostalgic look to NERGARD's past, the album also features a guest performance by the formidable Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest/Iced Earth) on the track “Now Bareley Three”.

The band is thrilled to team up with Pride & Joy Music for the release of the new album, “Eternal White”; kickstarting a new chapter in the NERGARD legacy.

This release will be available as CD and digital. The digital version will include 10 instrumental versions of all songs as bonus tracks.


product: Upper Lip - Deep Within

release date: 21.05.2021

territory: world

formats: CD & digital

Hailing from GOZO, the land of the Megalithic Temples in the heart of the Maltese archipelago islands, UPPER LIP spurs nostalgic, groovy Hard Rock music with a passion to its genre! Their main influences derive from the splendid nature surrounding the beautiful Island and Rock acts such as Rush, AC/DC, Rory Gallagher to The Smiths, Captain Beyond and even Waylon Jennings.

Since their inception in 2013, the band had played several gigs & festivals on the Islands to a very warm welcome form the Rock music fans which swiftly translate to more gig’s invitations. Fast-forward to 2019, the band embarked on a massive project to work on their first studio album. The recordings took place at the ‘Temple Studios’ (Rammstein, Philip Boa, Mike Hedges, Siouxsie and the Banshees)

UPPER LIP recorded 11 original tracks which portray the groove and live energy that the band is so much noted for. 


product: My Refuge - The Anger Is Never Over

release date: 23.03.2021

territory: world

formats: CD & digital

MY REFUGE is an Italian power heavy metal band formed in 2010 in Milan by guitarist Mauro Paietta. In October of the same year saw, the group released their first and self-produced EP “3407-Picture of an August Night”. In 2012, with a deeply revamped line-up, MY REFUGE started to create new stuff and to record new material. A few months later, the band released their second self-produced EP, “Living in Anger”.

In 2015, the Italian group signed a deal with Scarlet/Bakerteam Records for the release of the official full length debut album “A Matter of Supremacy” and then began with intense live activities, i.e. to perform at festivals and to share the stage with artists such as Freedom Call, Elvenking, Furor Gallico, Domine, Drakkar & Primal Fear.

After some line-up changes, MY REFUGE in 2020 decided to turn into a new dimension by becoming an international project, involving musicians from 14 countries and 4 continents.

With this new revolutionary line-up MY REFUGE recorded the material for the new album “The Anger Is Never Over” which was mixed by Christian Ice at Temple of The Noise Studio in Rome and mastered by Andrea De Bernardi at Eleven Mastering Studio in Milan (Italy).


product: Backwood Spirit - Fresh from the Can

release date: 23.04.2021

territory: world

format: CD & digital

Backwood Spirit were founded in Örebro, Sweden, back in 2014 by guitarist and songwriter Kent Engström. When songs were written and demo versions recorded, it was time to put a permanent band together to record an album. Engström at the time joined forces with drummer Joje Lindskoog (Crossroad Jam), and teamed up with Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) as vocalist. Niclas Boson (bass) also came on board as well as Tobias Åslund (organ & keys) who later was replaced by Peter Emilson.

The group’s self-titled album was released by Pride & Joy Music in April 2017 and received great feedback from both press and fans alike. Since then, new music has been written, and Backwood Spirit went back to the studio again several times between 2019 and early 2021 to record the following record which is titled “Fresh From The Can”. This is the first release to feature new band member Mats Berglund on bass and again impressively shows Backwood Spirit’s influences coming from the Classic Rock and Bluesy Hard Rock genres.

“Fresh From The Can” was record at Zone 17 and produced by Kent Engström, Joje Lindskoog and Kari Malm. Engineered and mixed by Kari Malm. Mastered at Nevo Mastering. All cover photos by Joje Lindskoog. Graphic design by Jerry Eriksson.

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