Swedish Hard Rock band UNIVERSE INFINITY (formerly known as UNIVERSE) will release their comeback album “Rock Is Alive” on PRIDE & JOY MUSIC on April 13th, 2018 on CD & as download!
On the same day, PRIDE & JOY will, in co-operation with Universal Music, also re-issue the classic, self-titled “Universe” album from 1985 on CD. The re-issue will be remastered and come with an expanded booklet.
The PR for these releases will start in mid February via Haulix.
UNIVERSE started in 1982 in Upplands Väsby, Sweden, where hard rock ruled the streets. The members hailed from several different local bands. After leaving the band Moon, lead guitarist Michael Kling, who founded the band WC in the late 70's with John Norum, became one of UNIVERSE’s founding members. Bassist Hasse Hagman, who played in Joey Tempest's first band, along with drummer Anders Wetterström and guitarist Per Nilsson, all came from the band Twilight. Once UNIVERSE got their hands on keyboard player Fredrik Kriström and singer Kjell Wallen, the band was complete. They played diligently for a couple of years all over Sweden, opening for Nazareth, among many other gigs. In 1985, the band released its self-titled debut album with songs like "Rollin’ On", "Stories from the Old Days", and "Strong Vibrations". In 1986, Kjell Wallen left the band on good terms following creative differences and was subsequently replaced by Janne Åström. With Janne as the new frontman, the band focused fully on a follow-up to their debut album. Several demos were recorded but never ended up in the right hands. The band dissolved in early 1988 and then had a short reunion for a final show in the ice hall in Upplands Väsby later that year.
Universe - Universe Universe Infinitiy - Rock Is Alive
The band members went their separate ways, each showing up here and there in different contexts with connections to music. Everyone maintained occasional contact and eventually Per Nilsson reached out to the others to see if they were interested in playing together again. In 2002, all the members met up together for the first time in 14 years. They immediately knew they wanted to play again, and became convinced that the old material still had potential. Everyone agreed that a new album had to be released, but also that they were being pulled in different directions. For several years they kept continuous contact, waiting for the time when recording an album became inevitable. At first, UNIVERSE lacked a singer, but suddenly one day he was just there. Andreas Eklund (ex-House Of Shakira) became the new front man, his narrative lyrics and tasteful melodies opening the door to another dimension, so the band could take a bigger step into the galaxy. Now, finally, UNIVERSE is back as UNIVERSE INFINITY with “Rock Is Alive”, a powerful album that is a tribute to the music of the 70’s and 80's, and to their youth in Upplands Väsby. “Rock Is Alive” was produced by Michael Kling and Per Nilsson at Kling Studios, and mixed and mastered by Stefan Helleblad; drums were recorded in Standstraight Studio One Scandinavia. The artwork was created by Sylvain Lucchina at Razor Images.
Line-Up: Michael Kling – Lead Guitar; Andreas Eklund – Vocals; Hasse Hagman – Bass; Freddie Kriström – Keyboard; Anders Wetterström – Drums; Per Nilsson – Guitar
SQUEALER will release their comeback album “Behind Closed Doors” on February 23rd, 2018 on Pride & Joy Music.
The amazing cover artwork for this release, designed by Thomas Ewerhard (Avantasia, Amon Amarth), was revealed this week:
Today also is the release date of the first single & audio video for the title track of the album:
Direct video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0saG1UI6x1g&t
Single at iTunes: https://goo.gl/nWYc7w
We will provide our radio contacts with the single for airplay today; the complete album “Behind Closed Doors” will be submitted on December 10th via Haulix.
About the band:
Originally founded in the 1980’s as classic Power Metal band, SQUEALER from the north of Hessia, Germany so far have had a busy band history. Today, the music by SQUEALER is a melting pot of several Metal elements which has enhanced through the years, i.e. an unique and diversified mix of Melodic Thrash Metal (which nowadays builds the foundation of each new SQUEALER song), groovy Rock stuff and, of course, the still obvious Heavy, Speed & Power Metal influences.
SQUEALER now consist of Lars Döring (guitars), Michael Schiel (guitars), Sebastian Werner (vocals) and Manuel Roth (bass). The band has started to perform live again in 2016 and since then played several gigs and festivals (incl. 70000 Tons Of Metal) with the new and convincing band constitution. The live shows were directly followed by the recordings for the new album Behind Closed Doors. The new record impressively proves the strength of the new SQUEALER line-up. To complete the makeover, a new, highly professional team was added for the album production. Ito Grabosch took care of the recordings while Roland Grapow (Helloween/ Masterplan) handled the mixing and Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Lordi, Him, Children Of Bodom) the mastering.
This is the first audio video from SQUEALER for the title track of their upcoming album "Behind Closed Doors" which will be released on Pride & Joy Music on February 23rd, 2018!
Buy the single here: https://goo.gl/qHgjne
Pre-order the album and get all 3 singles instantly: https://goo.gl/73v2ZJ
For more information, visit:
Pride & Joy Music is proud to announce the signing of female fronted Symphonic Metal band ALCYONA from Minsk, Belarus!
The band around keyboard player and song-writer Natalia Malei was founded in 2012 and now is ready to release their debut album “Trailblazer” on February 23rd, 2018!
ALCYONA today consists of Olga Terentyeva (vocals), Natalia Malei (keyboards), Evgenyi Malei (guitar, vocals), Anatoly Afanasenok (drums) and Nikolai Sidorevich (guitars).
“Trailblazer” was produced by Evgeniy & Natalia Malei and recorded at ALCYONA Records, Minsk (Belarus) between April 2016 – February 2017, and mixed & mastered in Georgia by Max Forneus in May 2017. Artwork and layout were designed by Artem Artyakov & Anna Avaeva. The music video & single for the track “Еnchantment” which was directed by Vlad Skripchenko & Anton Baidyonok will be released in advance in December 1st, 2017.
Some videos already are found in the band's Youtube channel at the link below:
02.12.17 Brest region, Belarus. Mirsky сulture house
08.12.17 Minsk, Belarus. Сlub "ИЛИ"
06.01.18 Minsk, Belarus. Сlub "БРЮГГЕ"
04.02.18 Minsk, Belarus. Сlub "Doodah King"
More information about the band:
Check out the first single & video clip from UK Prog Metal band SPIRAL KEY! The song is called "Hollywood Dreams" and being taken from their second Album "An Error Of Judgement" which will be released on Pride & Joy Music on January 19th, 2018!
The video was directed by Patric Ullaeus (Evergrey, Amaranthe) in Sweden.
Click onto the cover to watch the video on Youtube:
Pre-order the album "An Error Of Judgement" here:... https://itunes.apple.com/…/album/an-error-of-jud…/1306777232
Italian Symphonic Metal band SECRET RULE release their 3rd studio album today on PRIDE & JOY MUSIC! “The Key To The World” so far has been received well by the press & radio alike.
During the next couple of months, the band around singer Angela Di Vicenzo will heavily support this release live at dates with KOBRA & THE LOTUS, XANDRIA, SERENITY and as headliner plus on festivals. Please find the tour poster and a full list of shows below.
In addition to this, SECRET RULE also has released three video clips – the latest one, for the track “Imaginary World”, feat. Aylin Giménez (ex SIRENIA) as guest is found here:
Direct link: https://youtu.be/KJNgnWwFHsM
SECRET RULE (as support to: THE KOBRA & THE LOTUS)
16.11. I-Roma, Traffic Live Club
17.11. I-Rozzano, Circolo Svolta
18.11. CH-Witzikon, Hall Of Fame
SECRET RULE (headline shows & festivals)
01.12. F-Nancy, Chez Paulette (feat. Aylin Giménez (ex Sirenia)
02.12. F-Paris, Pacific Rock (feat. Aylin Giménez (ex Sirenia)
16.02. BE-Maasmechelen, Jan Hertog
31.03. UK-Hartford (Hertfordshire), The Rock Den
01.04. UK-Birmingham, Quinphonic Fest
14.07. UK-Manchester, SOS Festival
SECRET RULE (as support for: XANDRIA)
08.12. I-Milano, Legend Club
09.12. I-Mantova, Arci Tom
10.12. D-Munich, Backstage
SECRET RULE (Symphonic Metal Nights Tour 2018: with SERENITY, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS, SLEEPING ROMANCE)
Presented by Sonic Seducer, Spark, Slam, Metal Talk, Lords Of Metal
09.02.A-Wörgl / Komma
10.02.D-Kaiserslautern / Kammgarn
11.02.CH-Wetzikon, Hall Of Fame
12.02.D-Frankfurt / Nachtleben
14.02.UK-London / Underworld
15.02.BE-Vosselaar / Biebob
About the band:
SECRET RULE was formed in the beginning of 2014 with the intention to create a special sound with powerful rhythms and catchy melodies. The band is fronted by the powerful voice of Angela Di Vincenzo (Kyla Moyl), masterminded by lead guitarist Andy Menario (Martiria) who has worked with big names such as Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio), Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner), and Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot). The line-up is completed by bassist Michele Raspanti (Graal) and drummer Nicola Corrente (Enemynside, Stick it out, Starkiller Sound).
Early in 2017 SECRET RULE supported Blaze Bayley for some gigs and then started to work on new material. The new album “The Key to the World” will be released by Pride & Joy Music on November 10th, 2017. Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica) and two new guests on this new CD, Henning Basse (Firewind and MaYan) and Ailyn Giménez (ex Sirenia), also appear on this third release of the band. It again was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (Antfarm Studio- Denmark); Fabio D’amore (Serenity) handled the pre-production and Simona Speedy Saccoccia took care of the artwork again. In addition, music videos for the tracks “Twin Flames”, “The Song Of The Universe” & “Imaginary World” feat. all three guests were released in advance to the album release.
Pre-order the album here: smarturl.it/secretrulekey
Official Website: www.secretrule.it Official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/secretruleband Official YT Channel: www.youtube.com/c/SecretRule Official Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/secret_rule Official Instagram Page: www.instagram.com/secret_rule_official/ Official Reverbnation Profile: www.reverbnation.com/secretrule Official Google+ Profile: plus.google.com/+SecretRule
“The Extended Sessions” EP is the follow-up release to the extremely successful “The Four Seasons” album release by VIVALDI METAL PROJECT which hit the shelves in Summer 2016 on CD & double vinyl on Pride & Joy Music. The album up to today is one of the label’s best sellers and now being continued with this valuable EP which will shorten the waiting time for the fans until the next full album!
The digital version of the EP will be available at the usual outlets; the physical edition digipack is limited to 300 copies and will only be available at the band’s shows, at the label’s online shop and at selected mailorders.
Mistheria & Tsena Stefanova
(pic by: Martti Rosendahl)
Created and produced by Mistheria, VIVALDI METAL PROJECT are currently working on bringing the project onto stage with full band, orchestra and choir. During Summer/Autumn 2017, the band played a series of unplugged shows in Finland, in Bulgaria and in Italy in advance which resulted in the idea to put some of the extraordinary material onto this EP! “The Extended Sessions” includes four tracks which are centered around the group’s performance at “Kitee International Music And Art Festival” which took place in Kitee (Finland) on July 13th, 2017. Arranged by Mistheria, the performance at the “Sleeping Sun” event featured Mistheria himself on piano and Tsena Stefanova on vocals. An epic video for this track will also be available soon online.
“The Extended Sessions” EP opens with a newly recorded unplugged studio version of “The Four Seasons” medley which again was arranged by Mistheria who performed on this track on piano and was joined by vocalists Tsena Stefanova, Angel Wolf-Black and Dimitar Belchev plus Abigail Stahlschmidt on violin. Additionally to this track, the song “Vita” - one of the album's single - is featured twice on the EP: once as exclusive “original vocal session” as recorded by Dimitar Belchev on the first demo version of this song which impressed Mistheria at the first listening, and once as instrumental “karaoke”. Both versions are delivered with a brand new mix by Ivan Moni Bidin at Artesonika studios.
“Vita” was originally released with different singers on last year’s album. The track was arranged by Zhivko Koev and the line-up here includes Dimitar Belchev on vocals, Srdjan Brankovic on guitars, Chris Caffery (TSO, Savatage) with a guitar solo, Jeffrey Revet on keyboards, Royal Hunt’s Andreas Passmark on bass and Martijn Peters on drums.
Like the Vivaldi Metal Project's full length album "The Four Seasons", “The Extended Sessions” EP was mixed and mastered by Ivan Moni Bidin at Artesonika Studios in Italy and produced by Mistheria. Vivaldi Metal Project is currently booking more unplugged shows over Europe and USA. Dates will be announced soon!
PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is proud to announce the signing of German Metal veterans SQUEALER! The band based in Hessia, Germany has released seven successful studio albums between 1992 and 2008.
After the group’s hiatus which started after the 2008 release “The Circle Shuts”, SQUEALER united in the year 2016 with new singer Sebastian Werner and already have completed the works on a new album and played several gigs including the prestigious 70000 Tons Of Metal festival.
With the new label PRIDE & JOY MUSIC in the boat, the work on the PR of the new long-player “Behind Closed Doors” (out: February 23rd. 2018) will begin shortly. The band comments: “We’re happy to have found a new home on Pride & Joy Music. After a couple of meetings and conversations, we’re convinced that we’ll, together with our new team, reach our goals. We’re looking forward to a close and successful co-operation.”
Squealer are: Sebastian Werner (vocals), Lars Döring (guitars), Michael Schiel (guitars), Manuel Roth (bass)
Press picture in hi-res: www.germusica.com/pics/Squealer2017.JPG