Monday, September 1, 2014

WORK OF ART / Framework (2014)

"Framework" is entitled Work Of Art's anticipated third release due Frontiers Records. To be honest, I was looking forward to this album as I'm a big fan of this band. WORK OF ART debuted in February 2008 with the release of “Artwork”. That was a release that put a wide smile upon the face of every serious AOR fan out there and the band achieved quickly to build a strong reputation around its name in the melodic rock scene.

ROOM EXPERIENCE: First official trailer and singer announcement

Room Experience is the name of a brand new high profile project, born from the artistic partnership between keyboardist and songwriter Gianluca Firmo (from Brescia, Italy) and the production team composed by Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri (Wheels Of Fire, Charming Grace) and Pierpaolo "Zorro11" Monti (Shining Line, Charming Grace, Lionville).
The debut album is currently being recorded in Italy under the production's oversight of duo Barbieri/Monti, while mix and mastering duties will be handled by star producer of the moment, Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Edge Of Forever, Rated X, Shining Line), at his Ivorytears Music Studio in Somma Lombardo (Va, Italy).
Firmo's songwriting skills are going to offer an exciting journey through a wide range of melodic rock styles, with influences coming from classic AOR to more up-to-date melodic hard-rock. With such a rich variety of styles to face, a powerhouse and versatile vocalist was needed in order to carry songs to completion, so UK's extraordinary singer David Readman (Pink Cream 69, Voodoo Circle) was officially approached to perform all the songs of the project.
The album is scheduled for a release in early 2015 on label tba. Further details regarding additional guests involved and more infos about the project will follow in the next weeks.

Room Experience official Facebook page:

Atomic Stuff Records presents Can Of Soul

Atomic Stuff Records presents Can Of Soul

Atomic Stuff Records proudly presents Can Of Soul, the new solo project by Tomas “Tomrocker” Toffolo (Stygma, Why Out); his debut album "Hearreality" is scheduled for release after this summer. “I tried to fix in a musical canvas all the ideas and experiences that for years I've jealously collected in all my projects and shows”, says Tomrocker about this project. «"Hearreality" is a compendium of what, in my mind, is the right feeling that lights the rock, hard rock and metal brothers' and sisters' hearts all over the world. Rock On!»
On "Hearreality" he is accompanied by mainstream and underground rock/metal musicians such as:
- Silvio Masanotti
- Alex "Dynamitale" Motta
- Alessandro "Ajeje" Petrone

Guest musicians:

- Mik "Simmons" Villa
- Mauro "Spookie" Bonfanti
- Daniele Comoglio
- Stefano Cabrera
- Riccardo Corso
- Matteo Trotta

TEN To Release New Album 'Albion' November 21

For all lovers of fine Melodic Hard Rock the wait is finally over! 
British Hard rock giants TEN are returning with what is already being acclaimed as the best album in their history. 'ALBION' is the title of the album, the term being the earliest documented name for the collective British Isles from the time of Queen Boadicia.
ALBION' is a fine collection of songs steeped in all the trademark essences associated with the band and is instantly recognisable as TEN. This is classic Ten in every sense of the phrase!

New European based label ROCKTOPIA RECORDS are proud that this album will carry their prestigious catalogue number001RTP.

In an exciting development, Gary and the guys have been so productive over the past year that 'ALBION' will actually be the first of a two album release situation on ROCKTOPIA, with the second, as yet untitled album, to be released early next year. A schedule not unlike the historical situation when TEN was born by releasing their debut 'Ten' and 'The Name Of The Rose' in quick succession. The collection of songs on 'ALBION' are destined to become Melodic Hard Rock Anthems!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunken Monkey / Party Scars (2014)

Sunken Monkey were originally formed in the early noughties, and draw influences from the likes of NOFX, The Menzingers, Rise Against and Four Year Strong. The line-up of the band has chopped and changed over the years, but the theme has always remained the same – a bunch of friends with a story to tell. Having already released their self titled debut album in 2009, after extensive gigging and at last settling on their current line-up, the band took some time out to write their second album.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

CIMINO / Angels & Animals (2014)

My big thanks goes to Dave Tedder with whom these hard rock youngsters, CIMINO, came to my attention. This young band has already released a self-titled EP back in 2009 and a full-length record followed in 2012. And even though I haven't checked the band's earlier records, this new one, "Angels & Animals", took me by surprise.

GRAND DESIGN / Thrill Of The Night (2014)

Grand Design was formed in 2006 by singer/producer Pelle Saether, and the band’s first 1st album “Time Elevation” was released in October 2009. The release gained massive success and received positive reviews from the rock press. The band's main influence was, and still is, Def Leppard but they achieved also to put their own identity to their music. Pelle Saether comments: ”Since we all love Def Leppard, it will always be an influence we use to spice things up.”

Two years later, it was time for Grand Design’s second album – “Idolizer”. Pelle says: “We knew we had found a formula to make an 80’s rock record work in the 21st century – so why change it?

Early 2013 the band recorded two new songs, featuring guest singer Susie Päivärinta (of Lili & Susie), of which the song “Baby It’s You” (Promises cover) was released as a digital only single and video in June 2013. The band also welcomed new drummer Magnus Ulfstedt (Eclipse, Jimi Jamison, Talisman, Lion’s Share etc), who made his debut in the video.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A.O.R. magicians Wild Rose are coming back with their third New studio album "Hit 'N' Run" which will be released on October 13th 2014 through AOR Blvd Records!

Tracklist: 1. Through The Night, 2. I'll Be There, 3. Stay, 4. Without Your Love, 5. Another Day, 6.Can't Wait On Love, 7. Give In To Me, 8. Together, 9. Don't Walk Away, 10. All For Love, 11. I Want Your Love

The original idea for Wild Rose was sprung in 2004 by Andy Rock. A lot of soul-searching was required initially, as it was essential to find a suitable line up to harness the stylish and polished mellow sound of a quality A.O.R. Band. Finally, after two years and several line up changes Wild Rose settled on the line up today, introduced to an unsuspecting public back in 2006, with quality songs composed by Andy Rock.

In 2007, Wild Rose released their first promo single CD entitled "It's All About Love" which contained the hard hitting title track and "Too Late", tracks that rapidly became accepted and loved by the A.O.R. audience. During the same period Wild Rose were picked up as support on Talisman's Farewell Tour in Hellas.

At the beginning of 2008, two members took a break from Wild Rose to take care of their military obligations. The band was put onto hold for a while and Andy Rock continued to work on the song material. They returned in mid 2009 and recorded a 10 track demo CD with tracks written by Andy Rock and Dirty Haris.

HIGHWAY DREAM: “Wonderful Race” out in September!

HIGHWAY DREAM: “Wonderful Race” out in September!

Wonderful Race”, the first full-length album by Italian hard rock band HIGHWAY DREAM, will be released on September 23rd 2014 under Street Symphonies Records; this work was recorded at Atomic Stuff Studio by Oscar Burato.

The track list is:
01. Unbelievable
02. Don't Let You Die
03. Highway Dream
04. Many Reasons
05. Let Me Be Your Breath
06. Wonderful Race
07. Like An Earthquake
08. Falling Down
09. Some Stars
10. Born To Be A Rockstar

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Danger Angel are absolutely excited to announce that Brazilian powerhouse vocalistBJ is the new singer of the band.

Danger Angel are absolutely excited to announce that Brazilian powerhouse vocalistBJ is the new singer of the band. 

BJ comes as a perfect fit in the band’s evolution plan and we are all thrilled to welcome him to the family!

Moreover, Danger Angel release an all new song and video to introduce BJ to the fans and let the world take a first look at the band’s new lineup.

This new song, titled “Will You Follow”, was been prepared along with the rest of the new album’s songs but was expedited to be ready in time for BJ’s official presentation.

Danger Angel are in the process of recording the songs for a new album to be completed later in the year and BJ has already started recording vocal parts for the album, details of which will be let known in the weeks to follow.


Danger Angel Official Web page:
BJ Official Fan

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CHAINFIST / Scarred (2014)

CHAINFIST is a five-piece Danish metal band that originally ws formed in 2007 and consists of ex-members of Panzerchrist, Frozen Sun and Infernal Death. In September 2010, it has released their first full-length album “Black Out Sunday” which was praised by several Danish metal-sites. Since then, the band has been playing on various stages in Denmark, building up a solid live-reputation with top-marks from the critics.

A Sound Of Thunder- "Elijah" lyric video

The song is from the band's forthcoming album "The Lesser Key of Solomon", due out September 9th worldwide on Mad Neptune Records.

The album was produced by RIAA multi-platinum-awarded producer Kevin '131' Gutierrez (While Heaven Wept, Raven, Shinedown).

The video can be seen here:

The direct link for the lyric video is: 

"The Lesser Key of Solomon" features 10 of A Sound of Thunder's most intense yet nuanced songs, exploring territory which is simultaneously heavier and more atmospheric than ever before.


1. Nexus of Realities
2. Udoroth
3. Fortuneteller
4. The Boy Who Could Fly
5. Elijah
6. Master of Pain
7. Blood From the Mummy's Tomb
8. Black Secrets
9. One Empty Grave
10. House of Bones

Total running time: 61 minutes

"The Lesser Key of Solomon" will be available as a digital download, compact disc, and in a limited deluxe vinyl-book format.

A Sound of Thunder's previous album "Time's Arrow" was released worldwide via Mad Neptune Records on June 4th, 2013 and featured a guest appearance by ex-Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley.