product: Adrian Benegas - The Revenant
release date: 15.11.2019
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.
product: Orion's Reign - Symphony Of War (EP)
release date: 27.09.2019
format: digital 7 track EP
“Symphony of War” is the new release by Orion’s Reign. On this new work, the band, having already released the full length symphonic epic album “Scores of War”, emphasizes on the symphonic elements of its music and offers symphonic versions of songs from its latest album. Tim Ripper Owens and Mark Boals are guest vocalists. In addition, a folk version of song “Nostos” and a symphonic metal cover of “Elan” (Nightwish) are included.
product: Danger Zone - Don't Count On Heroes
release date: 18.10.2019
format: CD & digital
When Roberto Priori (g) started the Italian band DANGER ZONE in the early 80s a long hard road lay ahead of them. After various demos and line-up changes, they released the LP “Victim Of Time” (1984). But it wasn’t until 1987 when they gained bigger attention in Italy from audiences and media alike, followed by live performances with e.g. Saxon and on some hard rock festivals. The aim was to break the US market and resulted in at least a successful gig at the legendary Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles in the summer of ’88. In 1989 “Line Of Fire“ was recorded in Venice/Italy under the wings Stephan Galfas (e.g. Meat Loaf, Savatage and Stryper) and produced by Jody Gray and Mark Cobrin (Loudness/EZO). Later that year, fate saw the members moving to L.A. for half a year and playing shows. Unfortunately, the finished album got shelved, but as the years went by, "Line Of Fire" reached an underground cult status with both press and fans.
Finally in 2011, "Line Of Fire" saw the light of day, carefully remastered by Roberto Priori. The band already got back together in 2010 working on new material and playing live. Before original DANGER ZONE band members Roberto Priori (g), Paolo Palmieri (d) and Giacomo Gigantelli (v) entered the studio, they added Roberto Galli (b) to their line-up.
First sessions took place in Roberto’s PriStudio in Bologna, followed by a trip of singer Giacomo Gigantelli to New York, where he met Jody Gray, one of the key members of the production team of the “Line Of Fire” album more than 20 years ago, resulting in creative work. “Undying” (2012), being full of catchy melodies and powerful guitar riffs firmly build on DANGER ZONE’s musical roots of the 80s while adding a slightly modern edge.
With new bass player Matteo Minghetti, the band started to write for the new album featuring Pier Mazzini (Perfect View) and Whitesnake’s Michele Luppi on keyboards. "Closer To Heaven" (2016) has been released by Pride & Joy Music on April 2016 and has been unanimously acclaimed as their best album so far and one of the best AOR/hard rock albums of 2016.
The band, now being joined by Danio Faggiolino (g), kept playing live while working on new songs. Keyboards brought new possibilities, adding a new and more "cinematic" dimension. In 2018, recordings of the new album, again produced by Priori and Gray, started.
product: REXORIA - Ice Breaker
release date: 18.10.2019
format: CD & digital
The Swedish melodic heavy metal band REXORIA is now back with their second album 'Ice Breaker' which delivers a lot of power, speed and metal feeling!
Band members are Jonas Gustavsson (b/g), Cristofer Svensson (g), Martin Gustavsson (d) and the charismatic singer Frida Ohlin. Together they create a sound with various folk and power influences which will bring you right into the dark forests and up on high mountains!
'Ice Breaker' has been mixed and mastered in the famous studio Studio Fredman in Gothenburg by Fredrik Nordström.
Joining the band as a guest singer on their Swedish song ”Vår Verklighet” is Niklas Isfeldt (Dream Evil). Jobert Mello created the artwork (Sabaton, Primal Fear).
The four-piece has been touring and sharing the stage with bands like Battle Beast, Bloodbound, Thobbe Englund (ex Sabaton) and Dynazty. So if that's the type of music you like, you should make sure you check out REXORIA and their new album 'Ice Breaker'!
product: Vice - 3 Fingers Up
release date: 13.09.2019
The Bavarian Party Metal Band VICE has released it’s first album „MADE FOR PLEASURE“ through the major label BMG Ariola (today Sony Music) in 1989. Countless media appearances and stories as well as extensive touring helped to break the band all over Europe. As a direct result „Made For Pleasure“ and the follow-up „Second Excess“ sold more than 100.000 copies.
27 years later VICE returned with a new album and a new line-up. „Veni Vidi Vice“ – released in November 2017 - marked the first chapter of the new band era.
In 2019 the „VICE-Autumn-Party-Tour“, side-by-side with bands like AXXIS and HARDLINE, will be backed up by the new album „3 Fingers Up“ which contains 9 brand new highly energetic songs, a storming cover version of the JOAN JETT/DESMOND CHILD classic-track „I Hate Myself For Loving You“ as well as a new version of the band classic „Made 4 Pleasure“. „3 Fingers Up“ was produced by Chris Limburg and mastered by Andy Knote (Toyco Studios).
VICE 2019: Mario „Mitch“ Michel (vocals), Chris „Yps“ Limburg (guitar), Jürgen „Bam Bam“ Wiehler (drums), Sebi Weininger (bass)
product: KARO - Heavy Birthday II & III
release date: 18.06.2019
Berlin-based hard rock outfit KARO put out their only album release “Heavy Birthday“ in 1988. Praised by critics and fans alike their melodic but somehow rough style was met by great songwriting and musical talent. It has since been an open secret that KARO recorded more than thirty songs between 1987 and 1989 of which only ten ended up on their debut. Whereas Robert „Karo“ Straub played keyboard in Morgenrot and Lutz Salzwedel (v) fronted Karusell, both having German lyrics, Salzwedel later on put out several records under the name of Dan Lucas and recently won The Voice Of Germany Senior, it was the talent of Erich Holstein (g) that literally ignited the band KARO. Soon after recordings in Berlin and Frankfurt with producers Peter Hauke and Andy Lunn took place.
Recordings in London followed. Especially working on the songs “One Of A Kind“, “Sister Sister“ and “Wanna Be Loved“ in London with producer Tony Platt, who then already had worked with AC/DC, was quite an experience for the band and obviously brought attention, too. The idea of going there for production was to give the band more of an international sound. KARO right away played support shows for Meat Loaf but was dropped by the label in 1989.
The idea to put out “Heavy Birthday II & III“ as a double-decker CD was born. All tracks featured on any Karo release have been recorded within those three years of activity. With Holstein and Bosien having passed away already, this is the ultimate legacy of KARO. „This way KARO comes full circle“, says „Karo“ Straub.
product: Tarchon Fist - Apocalypse
release date: 16.08.2019
format: CD & digital
Tarchon Fist was created at the end of March 2005, after the split of the band Rain, the memorable Italian metal group, whose mastermind was Luciano “Lvcio” Tattini (g). This event coincided with the coming of Marco “Wallace” Pazzini (b, Basic Dreams). The name TARCHON FIST was the “logical evolution” of the “Rain” band. Tarchon being an ancient Etrurian king, hero and then also a god. The god of storm. Whereas “fist” underlines the band’s power and impact on stage. By the end of 2005, a video clip was produced. Thanks to this video, the band put out two albums on an Italian label, their self-titled debut in 2008 and “Fighters“ in 2009. Line-Up changes and many shows followed. October 2013 “Heavy Metal Black Force” came out.
Remembering the first decade, the band released “Celebration 2005-2015” in December 2015 with a new song called “Celebration” and a best of. In July 2017 the EP “Proud to be Dinosaurs“ came out.
Since 2010 the band's line-up has been solid except for new drummer Giacomo “Jack” Lauretani (2016). So from 2010 until today, the band toured all over Europe. In August 2018, after 13 years of activity with albums, EPs, video clips and tours, the band performed a show at the mighty Wacken Open Air! On their previous albums e.g.Tom Naumann (g, Primal Fear) or Robb Weir (g, Tygers Of Pan Tang) guested.
“Apocalypse”, the concept album, their first ever, is scheduled for August 16, 2019, via the German label “Pride & Joy Music” and showcases artwork by Stan W. Decker (Megadeth, Avantasia a.o.).
The tale has nothing to do with the Apocalypse of St. John the Apostle. It combines motives from literature, history, mythology and many pre-Christian cultures. It is a story that is based on the dualism of human beings: Nobody is born bad. Nobody good. Personal choices lead us towards the former or the latter. And although there cannot be one without the other, it still seems that evil takes root more easily in our soul. It is always evil that "makes the first move".
Tarchon, deified king and hero of popular Etrurian culture (from which the band began its journey almost 15 years ago) will appear in the guise of the "Lord of Light" and the forces of good. In the course of this long war, he is be accompanied by creatures that actually existed but are considered extinct today.
Darkness, on the other hand, is represented by Manth, the demonic divinity of the Felsinean cult guarding the underworld. He can make use of any kind of fantasy creature associated with evil which are found in the most disparate cultures in the history of mankind.