This month with news from: Black Majesty, DeVicious, Eunomia, Free From Sin, Lioncage, Once, Secret Rule, Squealer & The Radio Sun.
FREE FROM SIN
New album “II” available from July 20th, 2018!
One of our current highlight albums in PR is the new release from Swedish 80’s Hard Rock band FREE FROM SIN which is simply titled “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).
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.
Line-up: Per Englund (vocals), Patrik Lämborg (guitars), Fredrik Strömberg (keyboards), Ulf Kronsell (bass), Paul Ekdahl (drums)
Currently in promotion: “II” (album, in Europe only)
Australia’s best power metal band Black Majesty returns with their seventh studio album titled ‘Children Of The Abyss’ which was mixed by Roland Grapow (Masterplan). This is the second album from on the band on Pride & Joy Music. “Children Of The Abyss” will be available on CD, as LP and digitally.
To promote the album, the Australians will play a couple of live shows in September and October to promote this release with exact dates to be announced soon. Here comes a preview of the fantastic artwork which was created by Thomas Ewerhard (Avantasia etc.):
Promo start for “Black Abyss”: end of July (world-wide)
Cinematic Metal band ONCE from Münster, Germany will release their debut single “The Hour Of Eden’s Fall” on July 6th, 2018 via Pride & Joy Music. A video clip will be available on Youtube from the same day. The full album by the band around singer Alina Lesnik, “After Earth”, will be in stores from October 19th, 2018.
Promo start for the single: July 6th, 2018
Germany based Hard Rock band DEVICIOUS will release their debut album “Never Say Never” on Pride & Joy Music on August 24th, 2018!
After their tour with Ammunition in Spring 2018, “Never Say Never” marks the first album release for this group.
Check out one out of six (!) videos here:
Video for “Penthouse Floor”: https://youtu.be/jJzrWY1dFRo
The band says: “We are proud to announce our new partnership with Pride & Joy Music, GerMusica and Soulfood Distribution. Our debut album “Never say Never” will be available on August 28th exclusively world-wide through Pride & Joy Music. Zoran, Radivoj, Gisi, Alex, Denis and Lars want to thank the one and only Birgitt Schwanke for taking care of our album and for giving us a chance at such an established label. We could not be more happy right now.”
DEVICIOUS are currently working on the follow-up album. In December 2018, they’ll tour Germany as support for US Hard Rock legends Hardline:
DeVicious with Xtasy & Hardline:
06.12.2018 D-Hamburg, Logo
07.12.2018 Bochum, Rockpalast
08.12.2018 D-Mörlenbach, Live Music Hall
09.12.2018 D-Munich, Backstage Club
Currently in promotion: “Never Say Never” (album, world-wide)
THE RADIO SUN
The Radio Sun have worked very hard to build up their following by touring all over the world in support of each and every release. Performances in Japan, Europe, United States, United Kingdom and their home country Australia has showed the band's ability to rise. The Radio Sun are the first band to ever play Hard Rock Hell AOR Fest U.K four times in a row, whilst also having played at Melodic Rock Fest on four different occasions.
The four piece group is fronted by the charismatic Jason Old on lead vocals, guitar slinger Stevie Janevski, bassist Anthony Wong & drummer Gilbert Annese. With all four members singing backing vocals, the boys delve into layered vocal harmonies reminiscent of the classics - Queen, The Sweet & Def Leppard. This is not to say that they don't have their own sound. The Radio Sun have great unique hooks in their songs. The new album is another progression for the band, with songs like 'Hold On Tight' and 'Miss Wonderful' grooving like never before. 'As Long As You Want Me' and 'Five Years After' are both melodic bliss, boosted by a great production by Paul Laine (solo, The Defiants) and mastering by Bruno Ravel (Danger Danger, The Defiants).
The Radio Sun is feel good music and sounds just as strong acoustic or electric. Last year the boys performed acoustic shows in Japan and this year saw The Radio Sun invited to play the prestigious Sweden Rock Festival.
Currently in promotion: “Beautiful Strange” (in Europe only)
Vinyl release for “Behind Closed Doors” on July 20th, 2017! After the releases of the extremely successful comeback album “Behind Closed Doors” on CD and digitally in Spring 2018, this album now will finally also be available from July 20th, 2018 on vinyl.
The band is currently working on live shows for Autumn 2018 and in further news, the single “M:O:T:M” from the aforementioned album now has crossed the 100.000 plays mark on Spotify!
Next live shows:
30.06. D-Loshausen, Rock am Park Festival
20.07. D-Fritzlar, Rock am Stück Festival
German AOR band LIONCAGE completed the recordings for their third album “Turn Back Time” which will be released on Pride & Joy Music on September 21st, 2018.
Check out the cover artwork below:
Thorsten Bertermann (v)
Torsten Landsberger (d)
Lars König (g)
Arvid Lucas (b)
Bülent Sezen (d)
Catch the band on tour – this is the next show:
14.09. D-Aldenhoven, Rockheaven
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ TheRadioSun
Promo start for “Turn Back Time” (album): end of July (world-wide)
Eunomia is a Power Metal band from Norway formed in 2011 by Peter Danielsen. The group released a demo EP called “Crystal Sword” in 2013, and started writing and recording the debut album “Chronicles Of Eunomia Part 1” in 2016. After two years in the making and after signing a record deal with Pride & Joy Music, the record is finally ready to be unleashed.
It is set place in the fantasy world of Valley Doom and Eunomia created by the two brothers Marius and Peter Danielsen. The band invited several guests to help tell the story of Eunomia. With musicians such as Alessandro Conti from Luca Turilli's Rhapsody and Twilight Force, Henning Basse from Firewind and Victor Smolski (Almanac, ex Rage), they have created an epic and cinematic concept album. “Chronicles Of Eunomia Part 1” was produced by the Danielsen brothers in Ålesund, Norway.
The album will released on CD and digitally on August 24th, 2018.
Currently in promotion: “The Chronicles Of Eunomia, Part 1” (album, world-wide)
SL Agency in collaboration with JBM Events are glad to announce new gigs for Secret Rule. The new leg of "The Key European Tour 2018" will touch Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
After the great success at the latest "Symphonic Metal Nights tour" supporting Serenity, and other great events supporting Delain, Xandria and Kobra and the Lotus, Secret Rule are ready for a new incredible show. They will play a long set with a lot a new songs from "The Key to the World" album, released by Pride & Joy Music. They will be supported from two great Dutch bands, Beyond God and Shadowrise.
Beyond God combine a mix of atmospheric, dark orchestral vibe and melodic vocal lines and will promote their last album "A Dying to feel alive".
Shadowrise, with their Symphonic Power-Metal with the heaviness of Melodeath, will present the album "Shadowrise". Both albums have been released by Painted Bass Records.
Following, the dates:
31.10 CH - Sursee - Kulturwerk 118
01.11 FR - Colmar - Le Grillen
02.11 BE - Diest - Moonlight Music Hall
03.11 NL - Gorinchem - Podium Gorcum
04.11 DE - Mannheim - 7er Club
If you want to catch Secret Rule before the Fall, they'll play some dates in the summer, in Spain:
03.08 SP - Puertollano - Sala Krater
04.08 SP - Torreperogil - Barcia Metal Fest
and then in Germany as direct support for Visions of Atlantis:
14.09 DE - Geislingen - MieV
15.09 DE - Bad Friedrichshall - Lemmy's
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Stay tuned with more news!
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Official Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/c/SecretRule
The Soul Exchange is a band that mixes Classic Hard Rock with a contemporary Metal sound. They have taken influences from the 70’s Hard Rock scene and created their own unique style of Metal infused, guitar driven hard rock, with great attention to the melodies and grand vocal arrangements. The lyrics deals mostly with subjects from the darker side of life such as insanity and evil in various forms.
The Soul Exchange found their formula and sound with the line-up consisting of Daniel John (vocals & keyboards), Hans von Bell (guitars), Thomas von Bell (guitars), Patrik Ekelöf (bass), and Benny White (drums). Although mostly unknown to the wide public, all band members have long careers in the music business. They released the critically and likewise publicly acclaimed debut album “Bloodbound” in March 2017 on the Mervilton Records label and the five Track EP “Vow Of Seth” in December 2017 on the Pride & Joy Music label.
In the fall of 2017, the Swedish group began working on their 2nd full length release titled “Edge Of Sanity” that is penned for release on the Pride & Joy Music label on June 15th, 2018. It’s not a theme album per say, but lyrically all the songs have a common theme with lyrics that are metaphorical and treats the dark side of the human psyche. Musically the record is hard hitting and dark themed but not hard listening. Sonically ”Edge Of Sanity” is harder and darker than anything The Soul Exchange have produced in the past, but the trademark vocal arrangements and choruses are predominant, and grander than ever before.
In contradiction to the 2016 debut ”Bloodbound”, that was mainly written by Hans & Thomas von Bell with lyricist Jens Joel Evaldsson over a two year time span, all nine songs on the new effort were written in a very condensed period of time and a true team effort by Hans & Thomas von Bell, Daniel John and producer Magnus Ljungqvist with Daniel John taking over the full responsibility as the band’s lyricist. This has resulted in a much more coherent effort compared to the debut.
Crying Steel were founded in Bologna in 1982 from the ashes of the Hard Rock group WURDALAK. The founding members were Alberto Simonini (guitar) and Angelo Franchini (bass), who were joined by Luke Bonzagni (vocals) and in 1983, and after various line-up changes, by Luca Ferri (drums) and Franco Nipoti (guitar). After a couple of demos, the Italians released their debut EP “Crying Steel” in 1985.
During the next two years the group intensified their live activities throughout Italy including a performance at Heavy Metal Festival in Bologna in June 1986 with Motörhead and Twisted Sister. After more demo and promo releases, the debut LP “On The Prowl” came out in 1987. This was a revolutionary album - at least for the Italian New Wave of Heavy Metal (NWOIHM), as it was the first to be also released on CD. In September 1988 the line-up changed again. Simonini and Bonzagni left Crying Steel and were replaced by Michele Vanni and Lisa Bisognin. In March of 1990 Michele Vanni also left when Francesco Di Nicola joined the group. In the same year, the band performed some gigs in Russia with Massimiliano Merlini as new singer in the line-up. Some more gigs followed in 1994 and 2003 - reunions which saw Crying Steel perform with the classic line-up (Simonini / Grandchildren / Bonzagni / Franchini / Ferri). In 2006, Crying Steel were signed by Italian label My Graveyards Production and began to record the new record “The Steel Is Back” which was released in 2007. Shortly after the album came out, Simonini unfortunately decided to leave the group. Max Magagni stepped in for the release party. Luca Bonzagni then had to leave the band due to differences with the other members until Crying Steel announced their new singer Stephen Palmonari in November 2009. Another series of concerts followed and included a performance at the British Fest. The follow-up album, “Time Stands Steel”, was released in April 2013. In June 2013, Crying Steel parted ways with singer Palmonari who was immediately replaced with Ramon Sonato and Luigi Frati. Before the concert held in Reno in February 2014, Friars Luigi replaced Max Magagni who had to leave due to increasing work commitments. After this line-up change, the group intensified it’s touring schedule once more and also represented Italy at Wacken Open Air’s 25th Anniversary. In 2015, they played the Greek festival "Metal Rites" in Athens with Jag Panzer and signed a record deal with local label No Remorse Records before playing with former Iron Maiden singer Blaze Bayley in 2015. In 2016, Crying Steel celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a live show at Lokomotiv Club in Bologna with their friends Rain, Markonee and later on supported the American band Riot. A special box set containing a reprint of "On The Prowl" + a DVD with the performance at Wacken Open Air 2014 was released in 2016, and Mirko Bacchilega became the new singer. In 2016, Crying Steel announced that the coming studio release will feature Tony Mills (Shy, TNT), one of the greatest voices in the international rock scene, on vocals. Crying Steel also played Paris Metal Fest in 2017.
Crying Steel during the recent years have also shared the stage as well with Twisted Sister, Motörhead, Grim Reaper, Demon, Diamond Head, Girlschool, Angel Witch, Gotthard, Praying Mmantis, Vanadium, Raven, Satan, Killer, Jag Panzer, Behemoth, Razor, Riot, Blaze Bayley, Decapitated, Van Canto, Hammerfall, Hatebreed, Black Star Riders, Carcass, Children Of Bodom, Hellyeah, King Diamond, Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth, Kreator, Accept, Megadeth, Saxon, Skid Row, Slayer, Sodom, Steel Panther, Wasp and more…
Discography: Crying Steel (EP) – 1985; On the Prowl – 1987; The Steel Is Back – 2007; "Time Stands Steel" – 2013; Box Set "Limited Edition" reissue "On The Prowl" + DVD Wacken Open Air 2014, Stay Steel (CD, 2018)
HARTMANN, the band around singer/guitarist Oliver Hartmann, will release their new album “Hands On The Wheel” on May 18th vial Sonic11/Pride & Joy Music! Details about the album are found below.
The PR for this release via Haulix will start right after the Easter fest. We will handle the PR for this release world-wide except for the radio PR in Germany which will be taken care of by Ulf Bellmann/Medialuchs PR.
Please send us your requests and note that our office will be closed during the German Easter holidays from Friday, March 30th until Monday, April 2nd included.
The history of HARTMANN started in 2005 with the debut 'Out in the cold', often reviewed as 'Album of the month' in a wide range of rock magazines all over the world. With their successful followers 'Home' (2006), '3' (2009), 'Balance' (2012), the live & acoustic DVD/CD 'Handmade' (2008) and the compilation 'The Best Is Yet To Come' (2013) the band has meanwhile worked out their status as being one of Germany’s best modern hard rock bands that is offering international high-class melodic rock. The band also enjoys the good reputation as an outstanding live band and has been called to tour with rock legends as Toto, The Hooters, Uriah Heep, Edguy, Mother’s Finest, Y&T and others. Their latest album ’Shadows & Silhouettes’ (2016) has been accompanied again with a club tour and many festivals last summer.
Now the forthcoming new album ’Hands On The Wheel’ – way more rough and rocking and than its predecessor - will be released May 18th 2018 on the artist’s label Sonic 11 Records in cooperation with Pride&Joy Music/Soulfood, again co-produced by Sascha Paeth (Avantasia, Beyond The Black, Kamelot).
Including the participation of guest musicians as Jimmy Kresic (The Roots, Rock Meets Classic), Karolina Galbavà & Irena Morisakovà (Hans Zimmer), the album will contain the catchy singles/videoclips ’Don’t want back down’ and the very special duet ’Simple man’ feat. Mr. Big vocalist Eric Martin, accompanied by a huge promotion-/video-campaign of Germany’s No 1 rock radio station Rockantenne and a special Facebook & online campaign.
Since the late 90’s founder Oliver Hartmann is known as a highly respected singer and guitarist on the international music scene due to four albums with the band At Vance, studio work for hard rock and metal acts as Hammerfall, Rhapsody, Helloween or Edguy, as a long time studio and live member of top sellers as Avantasia and as part of 'Rock Meets Classic' that is featuring the big names of the international rock scene: Alice Cooper, Ian Gillan, Uriah Heep, Status Quo, Thin Lizzy, Paul Rodgers, Eric Bazilian, Jimi Jamison, Midge Ure, Steve Lukather, Chris Thompson, Bonnie Tyler and many others.
Besides that Oliver Hartmann is also fronting the successful Pink Floyd Tribute Echoes that climbed up to No 20 of the German charts in 2015 with their acoustic live DVD ’Barefoot To The Moon’ and received outstanding critics world wide!
Line-up: Oliver Hartmann (vocals, guitar); Mario Reck (guitar); Armin Donderer (bass); Markus Kullmann (drums); additional keys by Jimmy Kresic
German Modern Rock/Metal band INNFIGHT will release their second album “Black Dog” via Pride & Joy Music on April 13th, 2018! The main information about the album can be found below. The PR via Haulix started last week and the band is also available for interviews. Please send us your requests!
Product: Innfight – Black Dog
Release date: 13.04.2018
Label: Pride & Joy Music
The story of INNFIGHT started at the end of the year 2013 in Mannheim, Germany with a line-up consisting of Sascha Wagner (guitar), Michael Heck (keys) und Frank Widderson (vocals). About a year later and after writing songs together they began to record their debut CD „Boulevard Of Pain“ in Rolf Munkes’ Empire Studios in Bensheim (Hessia), Germany.
INNFIGHT later on were joined by the new members Udo Boppré (drums), Eugen Leonhardt (lead guitar) and Thomas Klesius (bass). After they were complete, they began to play live to bring INNFIGHT and the album into the focus of their fans.
In October 2017, INNFIGHT started to record their second album „Black Dog“ which is now set for a release on Pride & Joy Music on April 13th, 2018. During the recordings, bass player Thomas Klesius died due to serious illness. Tommy Schmitt, bass player of RED CIRCUIT, stepped in to help in these hard times and completed the bass recordings.
Impulsive rhythms, loaded with energetic guitar riffs, combined with spherical keyboard melodies and the distinctive voice of Frank Widderson are the major trademarks of the band’s Alternative Rock/Metal sound – always with their own kind of interpretation. The songs themselves deal with emotions, experiences, impressions and topics such as human interaction and the daily struggle with the world both around and within us. “Black Dog” was once again produced by Rolf Munkes at Empire Studios.
Tracklist: 1. Not Me, 2. Black Dog, 3. The Cross, 4. Get Up, 5. Shame, 6. Out Of My Sight, 7. In Movement, 8. Located By No one, 9. Dead And Gone, 10. Bright Lights, 11. Feeding Your Demons
Line-Up: Sascha Wagner (guitar), Michael Heck (keys), Frank Widderson (vocals), Udo Boppré (drums), Eugen Leonhardt (lead guitar)
Power Metal band CRYSTAL TEARS is the latest addition to Pride & Joy Music’s roster! The Greek band’s new album “Decadence Deluxe” will be released on May 18th, 2018!
"The world's a stage, we plug & play"! With a steady evolution from the band's first demos to its latest instalments, Crystal Tears have managed to leave their mark as one of the most qualitative heavy metal acts, proven to be a persistent, innovative & unstoppable force. Their previous testimony "Hellmade", with music videos involving Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N' Roses, Sons Of Apollo) & actors Lew Temple (of The Walking Dead fame) & Lou Taylor Pucci (Evil Dead) - initiated their first European tour (with Mystic Prophecy), followed by their own headline Greek tour & a few more extended shows with Firewind/ ex-Ozzy Osbourne's Gus G.
Having gained a formidable reputation for delivering the goods on stage & via their honest and sing-along anthems, Crystal Tears strike back with the massively anticipated new album "Decadence Deluxe". With producer R. D. Liapakis (Mystic Prophecy, Devil's Train, Suicidal Angels etc.) on the front again, the quintet delivers high quality heavy metal dedicating heart & soul, managing to sound constantly inspired & fresh. Crystal Tears have always been original. And this unique blend of dynamics in aggressiveness & harmony has been introducing 'em continually to new audiences all over the world. And as good ol' friend Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper, ex-Slash's Snakepit) says... "all is rock"! And the story continues...
The artwork for “Decadence Deluxe” was designed by Caio Caldas (Dragonforce) and guest musicians include Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper, Slash's Snakepit), Karis Charisma (Deadsquad), Julien Nutz Deyres (Gorod) and Fidel De Jesus (Xeno Devata Project).
The PR for this release via Haulix will start in mid March.
Spain’s leading Symphonic Folk Metal band LAST DAYS OF EDEN and PRIDE & JOY MUSIC have extended their collaboration and will release the new album “Chrysalis” on March 23rd, 2018.
The PR will start end of this week and a single & video release for the track “Falling In The Deep” will be available in advance from February 23rd, 2018.
Product: Last Days Of Eden – Chrysalis
Release date: 23.03.2018
Label: Pride & Joy Music
LAST DAYS OF EDEN is a stunning band from Spain performing symphonic folk metal. The band released their first album, “Ride The World”, in 2015, getting amazing reviews from all around the globe. In 2016 they played their first European tour, with more than 25 shows in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Spain.
Led by female singer Lady Ani, she puts the sweetest tones to the tunes. Their melodies not only include bagpipes, violins, and whistles, but also a full symphonic orchestra, all wrapped in a solid metal package in every song. The new album “Chrysalis” has been recorded and includes 11 amazing and encompassing tracks that will take your mind on an unforgettable journey. The record was produced by Dani G. and mastered by Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Stratovarius, Amorphis, etc.).
Line-up: Lady Ani – vocals, Dani G. – guitars & vocals, Adrián Huelga – bass, Juan Gómez – keyboards, Pindy Diaz – bagpipes & whistles, Sara Cabezas – violin, Leo Duarte – drums
Track list: Forevermore, 02. The Roots Of Life, 03. The Wanderer, 04. Dead Man’s Tale, 05. The Storyteller, 06. Falling In The Deep, 07. Aedea’s Daughter, 08. A Siren’s Song, 09. Heading For The Sun, 10. Romeo & Julian, 11. 7 Years Of Madness