product: Badge - If It Hurts It Must Be Good
release date: 27.08.2017
format: CD (digi-pack)
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, "Reap What You Sow", was picked by Swedish national radio as one of the top 30 songs of Rock in 2015!
product: Stefan Berggren - Stranger In A Strangeland
release date: 21.10.2016
format: CD & download
STEFAN BERGGREN is one of Sweden’s best known singers, musicians and song-writers. In his almost 30 years lasting career he played in acts such as Snakes In Paradise, M3, Company Of Snakes, Razorback and Berggren Kerslake Band amongst others and shared the stage with musicians from Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Brian May Band, Uriah Heep und Black Sabbath. Most recently he stepped in as singer for Uriah Heep at a gig in Rosenheim and played in the UK together with Don Airey (Deep Purple) and Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath), Germany.
„Stranger In A Strangeland“ marks the release of the first solo album from this exceptional artist and features appearances from old friends such as Bernie Marsden (ex Whitesnake), Stephen Bentley-Klein (Deep Purple), Neil Murray (Black Sabbath, Whitesnake), Tomas Pomma Thorberg (Snakes In Paradise, Four Sticks, Plankton), Sebastian Sippola (Four Sticks ,Plankton), Marcus Jidell (Avatarium, ex Evergrey), Joakim Svalberg (Opeth), Lars Karlsson (Diamond Dogs) and more.
The album was produced by Stefan Berggren at Berggren Studios in Stockholm, Sweden and mastered by Pete Lynam (California Breed, Glenn Hughes, Slash, Rival Sons) at Infrasonic Sound Studios in Los Angeles, USA.
product: Black Majesty - Cross Of Thorns
release date: 04.09.2015
release territory: Europe
format: CD & download
Australia’s best power metal band Black Majesty returns with their sixth studio album titled ‘Cross Of Thorns’. ‘Faster, heavier yet melodic as ever’ the new album continues the band’s evolution of finely crafted melodic power metal anthems. Charismatic frontman John Cavaliere shines on the new album with emotive vocals that showcases the fine ‘timber’ in his voice on songs like Phoenix, Crossroads & Vlad The Impaler - not to mention on the cover version of the Gary Moore classic anthem ‘Out In The Fields’.
Cross Of Thorns is dedicated to Dirk Illing, the band’s long-time friend and artist of all five previous album covers (R.I.P.). Mixed by Roland Grapow (ex Helloween/Masterplan) the album sounds amazing. Big drums, bass and guitars are all evident on the new release.
Previous appearances at fests such as Wacken Open Air, Masters Of Rock, Screamfest and tour supports with the likes of Saxon, Blind Guardian, Hammerfall, Edguy and Dragonforce, Black Majesty will continue to build on their ever growing fan base with further touring, including some upcoming special acoustic shows in Europe to coincide with the release of the new album.
Fans of Dio, Judas Priest, Helloween, Queensryche and Hammerfall will welcome Black Majesty’s new album - Cross Of Thorns.
product: Black Paisley - Late Bloomer
release date: 27.10.2017
formats: CD, vinyl & download
From Stockholm, Sweden comes debuting BLACK PAISLEY with a musical combination of Classic Rock, AOR and Modern Country. The band is formed by some of Sweden’s most experienced studio and tour musicians backed up by a new songwriter and vocalist.
The album consists of nine songs with a spread from heavy rockers as “Run Run Run” and “Ordinary Day”, via more melodic radio tunes like “Way To Something” and “Coming Home” but also touches the southern rock influences with “It Ain’t Over” and “Easy”. All engineered and produced by legendary Mats Lindfors giving the classic rock songs a more modern and crisp sound.
In the Autumn 2014, BLACK PAISLEY started the journey towards a first album. The Black Paisley Project is a spinoff from StephMetal - a Swedish cover band that had existed for many years featuring Stefan Blomqvist (vocals, guitar), Jan Emanuelsson (bass), Robert Karaszi (drums) and Birger Lundgren. Stephmetal won the Swedish “Company of rock” in 2009 and gigged frequently both in Sweden and abroad (UK, Fr, Ne and No) during the 2000’s. In 2009 Robert Wirensjö also joined the band on keyboards, adding a new touch of professionalism to the band and their gigs. Robert had both recorded and toured with several of Sweden's greatest artists like Michael Rickfors, Andreas Johnson among others.
The dream of making an album with own songs had often been discussed during the time of Stephmetal. Blomqvist had for years written material partially tested both live and in the rehearsal room, and subsequently felt that now was the time to make this dream of an album become reality. The recording project was named BLACK PAISLEY, after Ritchie Sambora’s Fender signature guitar. In autumn of 2014 the recordings started outside Sundsvall with producer Johan Dereborn (former Gaston, E-type, Takida others), where we recorded the backgrounds live and also mixed the songs “Autumn” and “Kickin” during a couple cold November weekends. During the Sundsvall sessions guitarist Ulf Hedin came onboard – likewise an experienced musician and songwriter. Ulf was to become a central musical engine in the whole BLACK PAISLEY project onwards. Friendly and talented drummer Mikael Kerslow, also guested in an honorable way in Sundsvall. In spring of 2015 the band continued recording ”It ain’t over” and “This Is My Day” in Stockholm, where we found spare space in Mikael Wikman’s fine drum studio (used by Rammstein and others).In autumn of the same year, they decided to put more efforts into the project and came in contact with Mats "Limpan" Lindfors (Norum, Talisman, Meshuggah, Petter and others) who now took over the lead of the project, both recording, mixing and production together with Robert Wirensjö. The rest of the songs were recorded at the prestigious Sound Trade Studios in Solna, where bands like Abba, Europe, and Michael Bolton recorded. Final mastering was done at Cutting Room Stockholm, by Mats Lindfors.