Today is the release date of the first instant grat from our new signing LIONCAGE's new album "The Second Strike" which will be released on March 24th, 2017! The track is called "Let It In" and should please any fan of Toto & AOR music in general!
Three more instant grats will be available in early 2017 and before the release of the album!
UK/Hungarian Heavy Metal band AVENFORD will release their sophomore record “New Beginning” on January 27th, 2017 on German label Pride & Joy Music.
The PR for this album will start via Haulix on Wednesday; promo CD’s will be available in early January. Please send us your requests!
Product: Avenford – New Beginning
Release date: 27.01.2017
Label: Pride & Joy Music
Avenford was formed by guitarist Peter Szehoffner and guitarist/vocalist Arpie Gamson in Hungary in the summer of 2012.
Initially they started to create music on their own as they got on well from the beginning, both having similar backgrounds, musical ideas and influences which include Masterplan, Jorn Lande, Yngwie Malmsteen and Iron Maiden etc.
A few months later they had enough material written for a full album and with the help of lyricist Zoltan Bako the songs reached their final form.
Soon after Szehoffner and Gamson moved to the UK, they got together in Gamson’s flat and recorded the basic tracks for the first album. It was named after their most epic song “Mortal Price”. The tracks were sent to Devenver studios in Hungary for final mixing – it also helped that the studio owners were also huge Maiden fans. The line-up was completed by Pete Jean (drums) and Zoltan Meszaros (bass).
Since then, the band has gone through a few changes but apparently is stronger than ever.
Jivodar Dimitrov joined AVENFORD on drums and Tom Longbottom took over the bass. “New Beginning” was recorded with Roland Grapow (Masterplan) – and it’s stronger, harder and faster than the first one.
Guest musicians: Apollo Papathanasio (Majestic, ex-Firewind) - vocals on “Dead or alive”, Zoltan Marothy (Kiss Forever band) – guitar solo on “Back in time”, Roland Grapow (Masterplan) – guitar solo on “Fury road”, Zoltan Kiss (Iron Maidnem) - vocals on “Dark angel”, Bodor Mate (Alestorm) – guitar solo on “Mask”, Piotr Sikora (Exlibis)- keyboard solo on “Return to the land of emeralds”
Discography: Mortal Price (2014), New Beginning (2017)
German label Pride & Joy Music welcomes Hungarian Southern Rock/Classic Rock band ASPHALT HORSEMEN on board! “Brotherhood” is the second release from this group which will please fans of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Black Stone Cherry and hit the stores on January 13th, 2017.
An advance lyric video is found at this link: https://youtu.be/KJMEL7ZaEHA
Please send us your requests! The PR for this album will start next week.
Product: Asphalt Horsemen – Brotherhood
Release date: 13.01.2016
Label: Pride & Joy Music
Territory: world (without Hungary)
Asphalt Horsemen was formed by well-known musicians in Hungary in 2010. First they led into jams of songs of bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Stone Cherry, Pride & Glory. Soon came up their own ideas of songs which were working out and tested at smaller gigs. The audience reaction was splendid as they felt heavy-load beating of Southern Rock on their skin.
The genre what AH plays fills a gap in the rock music-scale in Hungary, it’s not really found this style among local bands.
In march 2014 their debut album was released which received positive feedbacks from both national and international audiences. The album was nominated as the „best newcomer of the year 2014” by the Hungarian Recording Industry Association – Hungarian Group of IFPI.
After several tours, shows in Hungary, Finland, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania they recorded the second album – Brotherhood – to be released on January 13th, 2017 all over the world. Asphalt Horsemen consists of István Bencsik (drums, backing vocals), Károly Lőrincz (lead vocals, guitars, tambourine), Géza Matyasovszki (guitars, backing vocals), Balázs Megyesi (bass).
Discography: Asphalt Horsemen (2014), Brotherhood (2017)
Italian melodic/progressive metal band STAMINA is the brainchild of guitarist, songwriter and producer Luca Sellitto. Since the beginning, the band’s aim has been to create a personal style of music, combining a wide range of influences ranging from melodic power metal to progressive rock, to hard-rock and fusion.
During the years the band has released three full-length albums feat. many guest musicians including Henrik Brockmann (ex Royal Hunt, Evil Masquerade), Kenny Lubcke (ex Narita, André Andersen, backing vocalist of Royal Hunt), Göran Edman (ex Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum, Brazen Abbot, etc.) and Nils Molin (Dynatzy).
In April/May 2012, STAMINA embarked on their first European Tour, including shows in Germany, Austria, Holland, Spain and north of Italy. During the second leg of the tour the band had the opportunity to open for Danish rock quintet Royal Hunt in honor of their 20th anniversary world tour.
Today, STAMINA consists of Alessandro Granato - vocals, Luca Sellitto - guitars, Andrea Barone - Keyboards and Mario "Uryo" Urciuoli - bass plus the additional musicians, Andrea Stipa - drums; Jacopo DiDomenico - backing vocals; Donata Greco - flute; Giulia Silveri - cello. Band leader Luca Sellitto says: "Our new studio effort, ‘System of Power’ is the most mature release from us up until now, displaying a slightly more aggressive approach, an even increased level of technical proficiency and a wider sonic spectrum than ever before.”
STAMINA’s fourth album “System Of Power”, will be released on German label Pride & Joy Music on February 24th, 2017 and is tailor made for fans of Melodic Prog Metal in general, in the vein of early Symphony X, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Dream Theater, Royal Hunt, Angra and many more.
The PR for this release will start in the week before Christmas.
Permanent Damage (2007)
Two Of A Kind (2010)
System Of Power (2017)
wir bitten um Aufnahme der folgenden Termine der Gothic/NDH/Metal-Band LICHTGESTALT aus dem Ruhrgebiet/Münsterland in Eure Veranstaltungskalender. Wir nehmen Presseanfragen aller Art gerne entgegen!
03.12.16 Oberhausen, Helvete (mit Schlagwetter, Aeranea & Herzparasit)
22.12.16 Münster, Sputnik (Jahresabschluss-Konzert + Support: Nachtsucher)
08.01.17 Köln, Blue Shell (+ Sterilium & Brüder)
13.01.17 Hannover, Subkultur (+ Nachtsucher & Staub)
14.01.17 Fassberg, Anders (+ Nachtsucher)
25.03.17 Wuppertal, Underground (+ Nachtsucher +2)
27.05.17 Kierspe, Gut Haarbecke (Gothic Meets Rock Festival)
Weitere Termine für 2017 werden in Kürze bekanntgegeben!
Als LICHTGESTALT sich Ende 2013 gründeten, verdeutlichte sich schnell, dass der Vierer aus dem Ruhrgebiet/Münsterland in der Szene unaufhaltsam durchstarten wird. Nach nur einigen Monaten gemeinsamen Probens stand bereits das beeindruckende Songmaterial für die Debüt-EP „Lichtgestalt“, welche die Band schon im Jahr 2014 in Eigenregie erfolgreich veröffentlichte und zugleich in die MRC30 Clubcharts hievte.
Das folgende Album „Motorenherz“ erschien im April 2015 bei Danse Macabre und wurde von der Fachpresse allseits gefeiert und geadelt; so schrieb u.a. powermetal.de, „dass (der Song „Tiefenrausch“) grandios zu Gehör stellt, warum diese Band und keine andere ein Anrecht auf die Krone der deutschen harten Musik hat...“, während das Magazin Orkus dem Vierer gar bescheinigt, gleich einen neuen Stil erfunden zu haben: „...Theatralisch, abgefahren, anders....Lichtgestalt kreieren mit ihrem Debütalbum direkt ein neues Genre: den "Neuen Harten Steam"....
Dass der harmonische Vierer um den charismatischen Frontmann Thomas C. Hertz ebenso in der Lage ist, die Energie aus dem Studio auf die Bühnen zu transportieren, stellt die Band seit Mai 2015 eindrucksvoll und regelmäßig auch live unter Beweis. Mit niemand geringerem als der NDH-Ikone Stahlmann absolvierten LICHTGESTALT 2015 gleich zwei erfolgreiche Tourneen.
Im Anschluss an die Konzerte begann Gitarrist und Songwriter Der Heizzer gemeinsam mit Sänger und Texter Thomas C. Hertz mit dem Songwriting für das noch unbetitelte Zweitwerk, das Ende Mai 2017 nach einem Wechsel der Plattenfirma im Vertrieb von Edel erscheinen wird. In der Zwischenzeit gastierte die Formation, die weiterhin von Lippmann am Bass und Brukke am Schlagzeug vorangetrieben wird, 2016 u.a. beim Gothic Castle Festival auf Burg Satzvey und absolvierte diverse Club-Gigs, bevor dann zum Album-VÖ die Liveaktivitäten noch weiter ausgebaut werden sollen. Das Jahr 2017 wird ohne jeden Zweifel das Jahr von Lichtgestalt!
Line-up: Thomas C. Hertz (Gesang), Der Heizzer (Gitarre), Lippmann (Bass), Brukke (Schlagzeug)
Livevideo (Berlin, K17): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ36YjucBYA
Sede Vacante is a heavy Goth Metal duo from Greece formed in 2013 which consists of Michael Tiko (male vocals, guitars and synths) and Constantine Alex (female vocals). Both members are highly educated in music - with Michael Tiko having studied at Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA (Master in Guitar Performance) and Constantine Alex having studied in The National Academy of Music “Prof. Pantcho Vladigerov”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Both members have got an extensive live experience. Tiko was the lead guitarist of the Goth/Power metal band “Rage of Romance” (feat. Vicky Psarakis on vocals, The Agonist) and also played as a session guitarist in many local bands, even in the Jazz genre. Alex has been singing for more than 10 years and been a session vocalist in numerous swing, jazz and rock bands.
“Skies Infernal” is their debut album which will be released on Pride & Joy Music on November 18th, 2016. The logo and the band’s symbol were made by Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy, Firewind etc.), and the record was mixed by drummer and sound engineer Fotis Benardo (ex- Septic Flesh, Six4Nine) and mastered by the Jens Bogren (Fascination Street Studios) in Örebro, Sweden.
Dear media partners,
after numerous tours as part of Avantasia, Rock Meets Classic and as mastermind of the successful Pink Floyd Tribute Echoes the exceptional singer and guitarist Oliver Hartmann now presents his new fifth studio album „Shadows & Silhouettes“ with Hartmann after nearly four years break since the latest release "Balance". The new album will be released on 30th of September on the artist owned label SONIC11 in cooperation with Pride & Joy Music.
Supported by guest musicians as the well-known session keyboarder Jimmy Kresic (Rock Meets Classic, The Roots, Soundtopia), Miro Rodenberg (Avantasia) and also the Prague cellist Irena Morisáková and violinist Adéla Pecková the album contains 12 extra class songs combining modern melodic Rock („Irresisitible“, „Glow“ „High on you“, I would murder for you“) with many acoustic („The letting go“, „Shadow in my eyes“, „Still the same“) and partly very intimate moments („Jaded heart“, „Last goodbye“) pointing up the broadness and complexity of Hartmann. The catchy single „When your mama was a hippie“ will also be released as video clip and instant grat on September 2nd.
“Shadows & Silhouettes” was co-produced again by Sascha Paeth (Avantasia, Edguy, Kamelot, Beyond The Black, etc.) and mixed/mastered at Gate Studios Wolfsburg/Germany. The iTunes version will include the bonus track “Soul Asylum”.
Additionally to the new studio album, HARTMANN also will re-release the thought after and completely sold out “Handmade” 2008 DVD release as Deluxe Digi-Pack with DVD & CD included on September 30th, 2016 on Sonic11 in co-operation with Pride & Joy Music.
Line-up 2016: Oliver Hartmann (guitar/vocals), Mario Reck (guitar), Armin Donderer (bass), Markus Kullmann (drums), Jimmy Kresic (add. keys)
Track list “Shadows…”: 1. Irresistible, 2. High on you, 3. Glow, 4. When your mama was a hippie, 5. Jaded heart, 6. Amazing, 7. Still the same, 8. I would murder for you, 9. The letting go, 10. Too good to be true, 11. Shadow in my eyes, 12. Last goodbye; Bonus track iTunes: Soul asylum
Tour dates: 01.10.16 Colossaal/D-Aschaffenburg, 08.10.16 Jonny’s Lion Cave/CH-Trübbach, 04.11.16 Tommi’s Bistro/D-Jettingen, 27.11.16 HEAT Festival/D-Ludwigsburg, more dates coming soon
The PR for “Shadows & Silhouettes” is handled by us world-wide and started yesterday via Haulix. Please requests this release if you have not received a download link yet!