product: Free From Sin - II
release date: 20.07.2018
release territory: Europe
formats: CD & digital
Free From Sin’s self-titled debut album was released in mid 2015. After good sales, reviews and press feedback, the Swedish based group is now back with a vengeance and with a new record called “Free From Sin II”!
The band has added new band members to the line-up which resulted in a much darker & heavier sounding release in comparison to the first one. Free From Sin is again going back to basics, with a classical 5 piece line-up, with hammond organ, guitar, bass & drums together with aggressively vivid vocals and now is featuring Per Englund (ex-Blacksmith, vocals), Patrik Lämborg (guitars), Fredrik Strömberg (keyboards), Ulf Kronsell (bass) and Paul Ekdahl (drums).
There is a clear message and thought throughout the lyrics, this in combination with massive guitar riffs will for sure capture the listener's attention and mind...….cast the second stone!
With strong influences from Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Rainbow, Iron Maiden etc., Free From Sin is again merging these ingredients in riff- based songs together with a modern sound. “II” was again produced by Mankan Sedenberg with Free From Sin at Pama Studios, Sweden.
product: Free From Sin - s/t
release date: 25.09.2015
label: Pride & Joy Music
release territory: Europe
Per Englund and Patrik Lämborg met for the first time while doing the mandatory Swedish military service 1985. Per sang at that time in a band called Blacksmith. Blacksmith had just finished recording their second album-single called "Tomorrows Mistery". The first Blacksmith recording was en EP called "Gypsy Queen".
Per got a demo that Patrik had made a few years earlier (this demo tape also placed Patrik in the highly renowned Guitar Player spotlight column). And that was that, Patrik joined Blacksmith and Blacksmith Mk II was a fact.
Blacksmith Mk II played in the limited Swedish rock scene. They also recorded an EP (1987) with songs like "World Victim" & "Angel". This EP was unfortunately never released since the band parted in 1988 (mainly due to that Patrik got some calls from USA and left to play in America). The EP master tape is unfortunately destroyed and beyond repair....
Per moved on with other bands such as 220 Volt (under the name Voltergaist) during 1992-93, Mandrake Root 1994-98 (4 albums together with the Free From Sin Hammond virtuoso Staffan Stavert). Year 2000 Blacksmith Mark III recorded an album called "Once upon a star".
During 2009-2010 Patrik & Per connected again and decided to record a demo in Patriks home studio. The demo contained new but also a couple of old songs. The demo turned out very well, and again the duo proved that they still can produce great hardrock/metal songs.
The demo was later presented to their good friend and producer Magnus "Mankan” Sedenberg. He thought this would be a great album to make. This of course triggered Per & Patrik with some new energy and they decided to record the album at Pama Records Studios.
Free From Sin is not a religious band, but as thinking human beings there is always room for questions. If you are Free From Sin, throw the first stone...
product: Glasya - Heaven's Demise
release date: 12.07.2019
release territory: world
Glasya was founded by Hugo Esteves in 2016 with one main purpose, to create a musical project that would combine full orchestral arrangements with metal. He was already familiar with symphonic metal, but he wanted to do it in a more dramatic and cinematographic way. So later that year, Hugo invited Bruno Ramos, former drummer of My Deception, and they started writing together.
They needed to integrate the symphonic elements, so Hugo contacted Davon Van Dave, a Dutch-Portuguese keyboard player, who had been member of two well-known Portuguese bands, Urban Tales and Shadowsphere, that toured with bands like To/Die/For, Beseech, Rotting Christ and, with their albums being at the top of the metal charts in Portugal, and was the ideal person to reach out for.
With Davon Van Dave on board, the next step was to find the right voice. They heard about a Portuguese Nightwish tribute band, Nightdream, and after listening to their singer’s voice and seeing her performance they immediately invited her: Eduarda Soeiro, being a classical performer and trained singer, right away became the face and voice of Glasya.
The band line-up was finally complete when Bruno Prates (b) and Manuel Pinto (g), former members of Enchantya, both being talented musicians and experienced performers, came on board.
With all the members having different influences, from classic to progressive, they were creating a very stylish and distinctive sound which offers symphonic, ethnic, slow emotional songs and powerful metal riffs, of course.
In 2018 the band released the song "Heaven's Demise" to the world in advance and it made quite a buzz among the press, creating great expectations on their upcoming debut album.
Later that year, at The Pentagon Audio Manufacturers Studios, Glasya started to record the album with Fernando Matias, who is a member of Sinistro, and has worked with bands like Moonspell, Bizarra Locomotiva, Gwydion. The upcoming album “Heaven’s Demise” features four guests, the voices of Paulo Gonçalves (Rasgo), Flávio Lino (Deadlyforce and “The Voice” Portugal show contestant), Nélson Raposo (a film and series voice-over professional), and the beautiful violin of Inna Calori.
This year, Glasya releases their debut album through Pride & Joy Music and are scheduling their tour to play the main metal festivals.
product: Hartmann - (Handmade Deluxe)
release date: 30.09.2016
release territory: world
format: CD+DVD (digi-pack)
The history of HARTMANN began in 2005 with the successful release of their debut album 'Out in the cold', many times chosen as 'album of the month', and with their follow up 'Home' released in 2007. After their support tour for THE HOOTERS where HARTMANN performed acoustic versions of their material for the first time the band decided to play two exclusive shows at Pegasus theater in Bensheim/Germany in late 2007. Supported by three female background singers as special guests both evenings were recorded for the live CD/DVD 'Handmade' released in 2008. It is uniting outstanding material like real 'handmade' versions of the first two studio albums and previously unreleased tracks.
'Handmade' has always been considered as one of the most impressive outputs of HARTMANN and this re-release now contains both CD and DVD as special limited deluxe edition. In addition, the digital version of the CD will also be released as “deluxe edition” – now containing audio versions of all songs.
Oliver Hartmann is also well known as being a member of the mega seller Avantasia and as frontman of the successful Pink Floyd Tribute Echoes with their latest release 'Barefoot To The Moon' (German charts No 20 in Oct 2015).
Line-up: Oliver Hartmann (guitar/vocals), Mario Reck (guitar), Armin Donderer (bass), Dario Ciccioni (drums), Juergen Wuest (piano/vocals), Ina Morgan (vocals), Kolinda Brozovic (vocals), Tiffany Kirkland (vocals)