EMPIRE just released an audio video for the track "One In A Million" from the album "Trading Souls" which will be released on May 26th, 2017! Just click onto the cover below for watching the clip:
EMPIRE is the Hard Rock band of German guitarist Rolf Munkes (ex Majesty, ex Razorback, Crematory) which has released four exceptional albums in between the years of 2001 and 2007. On these releases, Munkes was accompanied by numerous high-class musicians.
The history of EMPIRE began in the year 2001 with the release of the album “Hypnotica” (Lion Music) which featured both the American singers Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and Lance King (ex Nightmare) on vocals. The line-up at the time was completed by Neil Murray (bass, ex Whitesnake, Brian May Band, Black Sabbath etc.), Gerald Klos (drums), Anders Johansson (drums, ex Stratovarius) and Don Airey (keyboards, ex Rainbow, Deep Purple). Rolf Munkes produced „Hypnotica“ himself; the mix was handled by Stefan Kaufmann (ex Accept, ex U.D.O.).
Only one year later, “Trading Souls”, the band’s second album came out on Lion Music. The CD once again was produced by Munkes with the mix being handled by Kaufmann. On this release, singer extraordinare Tony Martin (ex Black Sabbath) replaced King and Martin on the vocal spot.
Tony Martin also sang on the – up until now – most successful CD from EMPIRE, “The Rave Ride”, which was released in 2006 on German label Metal Heaven. Besides of Munkes, who, for the first also produced and mixed this release himself at his own Empire Studios in Bensheim, Germany, Neil Murray took again care of the bass work whilst the drums this time were handled by ex-Rage/ex-Axxis drummer André Hilgers.
In 2007, the so far last album of EMPIRE saw the light of day. “Chasing Shadows” was once again released on Metal Heaven and the first record feat. former Rainbow singer Doogie White in the line-up. Mike Terrana (ex Rage, ex Axel Rudi Pell, Tarja Turunen) joined the group on drums.
In 2017, German label Pride & Joy Music will re-issue all four releases in a revised version. “Trading Souls” which will be released on May 26th, 2017.
KINGS OF BROADWAY – new video available!
The first video and single from KING OF BROADWAY's self-titled debut album (to be released April 28th, 2017) is now available! Check out the video for the track "Berserk" below!
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PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is happy to announce the signing of Australian Melodic Rock band THE RADIO SUN! Based in Melbourne, Australia the band consisting of Jason Old (lead vocals & guitars), Stevie Janevski (lead guitar, bass, backing vocals; Black Majesty) and Gilbert Annese (drums) is currently working on their fourth release “Unstoppable” which is planned for a release in late October 2017. This new album once again will be mixed by Paul Laine (solo, Danger Danger, Dark Horse).
The band has just completed another European tour which included an astonishing performance at Hard Rock Hell AOR Fest and very successful shows in the UK and a gig in Greece. THE RADIO SUN will return to Europe with dates in the UK, Greece & Germany at least in March 2018.
Connect with the band at: www.facebook.com/TheRadioSun
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ALDARIA – “Land Of Light” released tomorrow!
The album “Land Of Light” from Symphonic/Power Metal band ALDARIA will be released tomorrow. The CD is available in our online shop with a free sticker as bonus which is only available through us.
Get the CD incl. the sticker at this link: https://goo.gl/E2YJiD
Watch the official video clip for “Guardians Of The Light” here: https://youtu.be/eQjPH774E68
LIONCAGE - “The Second Strike” available from tomorrow!
German AOR band LIONCAGE will release their new album “The Second Strike” tomorrow. This release will be available at all fine stores but a limited edition bundle which also includes their first album “Done At Last” for free is only available via our label online store and through some retailers based in the UK. Our shop edition also includes a free sticker as extra gift:
Lioncage – Ltd. Bundle: https://goo.gl/SGjSbN
Watch their official video for “Journeyman” here: https://youtu.be/IISpVQfC4DU
STEFAN BERGGREN to perform with keyboard legend DON AIREY at Musikmesse Frankfurt in April!
Swedish singer STEFAN BERGGREN once again will join keyboard legend DON AIREY’s band for a performance on center stage at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany on April 6th & 7th. For more details on this event, check this link:
Stay tuned for more updates and news about a new Melodic Rock signing next week!
PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is proud to announce the signing of German Symphonic Metal band ONCE! Based in Münster, Germany the female-fronted four-piece is currently working on their full length-debut album “After Earth” which is scheduled for a release in January 2018!
Formed in the year 2012, ONCE first started to work on creating a fully orchestrated Metal project. This process resulted in the release of a first demo EP and two video clips in the year 2015 which were recorded and filmed at the conservatory in Enschede, The Netherlands. Singer Alina Lesnik is now already known for her popular Youtube cover channel and her participation in our best selling release the VIVALDI METAL PROJECT. The line-up next to Alina consists of Frank Wypchol (keys), Alexander Hey (drums) and Marco Paulzen (male vocals, guitars).
In late 2016, ONCE caught the attention of PRIDE & JOY MUSIC with their demo and met up with the label to work on ideas on how to realize the concept together. In January 2017, the four-piece group finally signed a record deal with the label.
Earlier this week, ONCE have started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to complete the album production. Please read the complete story about the group, watch & share their videos and support ONCE at this link:
Further band links:
Band pic in hi-res: www.germusica.com/pics/once-hires.JPG
KINGS OF BROADWAY were originally formed in 2011 when guitarist Aldo Lonobile (one of the most recognized guitar players/composers from the Italian metal scene, founder member of bands like Secret Sphere, Civilization One and Shadowspell) started gathering musicians and friends to fulfill his desire to create a Hard Rock band.
After a year of writing songs, making demos with his longtime friends Luca Cartasegna (ex-Secret Sphere) on drums, Ricky Messeri on guitar and J.J. Andreone (Odd Dimension, A Perfect Day) on bass, the showed the ability to create amazing rock songs for the masses, once sung by the right singer!
After trying out some different options, J.J. suggested his long time friend Tiziano Spigno (that later became the singer of Lucky Bastardz); Tiziano has a unique vocal tone and an amazing ability in writing rock melodies that gives its best melted with KINGS OF BROADWAY!
This was 2012 - and the band then really started! From 2012 to 2015 they worked in the shadows, composing the whole debut album and recording it in the best way possible, with the aim to deliver an outstanding sound, able to play the game with the rock giants out in the market!
Among the great words received by the representatives of the musical industry, the band signed a record deal with the German label Pride & Joy Music in early 2017. The group’s debut album “Kings Of Broadway” is set for a release on April 28th, 2017!
“Kings Of Broadway” has been recorded by Tancredi Barbuscia at GreenRiver Studio, vocal production handled Michele Luppi at MiLu's RockLab II and Roberto Priori at PriStudio.
Please check out a first trailer here: https://youtu.be/FEsNpbX-pwc
Mixed and Mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio.
Line-up: Tiziano Spigno – Vocals, Aldo Lonobile – Guitars, Ricky Messeri – Guitars, J.J. Andreone – Bass, Luca Cartasegna - Drums
The PR for this release will start end of February!
PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is proud to announce the signing of Frode Hovd’s ALDARIA for the release of their Metal Opera concept album “Land Of Light”! The release of this record is scheduled for March 24th, 2017!
“Land Of Light” is the highly anticipated debut release by the new all-star metal opera ALDARIA! The album contains 11 epic tracks in the vein of old Helloween & Avantasia, with fast-paced hymns to beautiful ballads.
The band is masterminded by guitarist Frode Hovd from the Norwegian metal group MEMORIZED DREAMS who was joined by a host of world known guests from the metal community including Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, voc), Todd Michael Hall (Riot V, voc), Rick Altzi (Masterplan, voc), Mathias Blad (Falconer, voc), Jonas Heidgert (Dragonland, voc), Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer, guit.), Roland Grapow (Masterplan, guit.), Mike LePond, (Symphony X, bass), Uli Kusch (ex Helloween, dr.), Peter Danielsen (Darkest Sins, synths) and Mistheria (Vivaldi Metal Project, keys). The album has been in production for over two years.
Produced and fully written by Hovd himself, this conceptional album was mixed by Roland Grapow (Masterplan) at Grapow Studios and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Primal Fear, Volbeat, Doro etc) at Hansen Studios. Artwork by Stan W. Decker (Jorn, Serious Black…).
The full cast of musicians performing on this release and an essay about the lyrical concept is found here: www.aldariaband.com
For more information, pleae visit:
The PR for “Land Of Light” will start at the end of January.