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Intuitive – Reset

Intuitive – Reset

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MelodicRock Records continues its strong affinity with exotic artists, quality melodic hard rock and fostering new artists that deserve exposure alongside the icons of the business.
One artist that fits all three of the above criteria is Portugese rockers INTUITIVE.
Intuitive is the brainchild of ex-Faithfull guitarist Rui Martins. After the end of Faithfull – a project that reached the charts in Japan with its two albums – guitarist and songwriter Rui Martins continued to compose music while playing live with his cover band Roadies, a band with 21 years in the business.
It’s in the midst of the Roadies family that Martins meets Alexandre “Xano” Fernandes, their former singer and also ex-Winesnake (Whitesnake tribute band). Owner of a deep voice and great stage presence, Alexandre Fernandes is the right choice to handle the vocal duties. For the bass spot, Martins invites his longtime friend and ex-Faithfull band mate, Mário Barbosa.
João Colaço (ex-Rage of Angels), one of the most sought-off session drummers in Portugal, completes the quartet.
And so Intuitive is born – with no score to settle with the past and with their eyes set on the future. Melodic and powerful hard rock with a positive attitude is the soundtrack for this journey.
The story is yet to be written, but Intuitive will try to write it with passion. With enthusiasm and humility, the band is ready to showcase the music in all corners of the world, and is thrilled to join the ranks of MelodicRock Records with this first release. Called ‘Reset’, it represents that fresh new start that we all, sometimes, seem to need and that the world so urgently desires.
Intuitive‘s debut ‘Reset‘ will be released via MRR on February 26.
Pre-orders available now. Check out two FULL LENGTH preview tracks!
 

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ShowBiz – Enjoy The Ride

ShowBiz – Enjoy The Ride

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MelodicRock Records is heading back to Madrid for the next signing to the label.

MRR is pleased to help introduce the world to SHOWBIZ and their fabulous uptempo, classic melodic hard rock.
SHOWBIZ’ debut album Enjoy The Ride will be released worldwide from March 23.
You can pre-order SHOWBIZ now:
ORDER SHOWBIZ ‘Enjoy The Ride’ $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
MRR DOUBLE DEAL - SHOWBIZ and JULY REIGN for $30 (and still only pay $5 shipping)
 
Now here is another full length tune you can check out from the album and 90 second soundbytes are also available to sample.

Enjoy The Ride is a prime high energy mix of Firehouse, Van Halen and Poison, delivered with a crunching production and some truly memorable songs and blazing guitars.
ShowBiz is a band formed by Albert Maroto, ex-guitar player of Dreamaker and Dark Moor, who in the last decade has recorded several albums and toured around Spain and around the world.
He’s also a die-hard fan of hard rock music in all its styles and eras, so he decided to begin writing songs of this musical style a few years ago, finishing his first ShowBiz full album Enjoy the Ride.
The band is also Nacho Arriaga on drums (Arwen, Monterrey and ex Inn-trance) and Xone Aranda on bass (Time Symmetry).
Albert Maroto – Lead Vocals & Guitars
Nacho Arriaga – Drums
Xone Aranda – Bass
And no introduction would be complete without a taste of what the album offers. So here are the first two tracks from the album – the opening track (and lyric video) What U See is What U Get as well as the following track, the instant classic Everybody’s Got A Chance.
Both SHOWBIZ and the also announced JULY REIGN will be available for pre-order shortly.
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July Reign – Here Comes The Flood

July Reign – Here Comes The Flood

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JULY REIGN is an international recording project featuring Sheldon Scrivnerof Missoula, Montana, USA, Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz (Domain, Evidence One, Dead End Heroes) of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and Mark Duranof Denver, Colorado.

Now here is another full length tune you can check out from the album and 90 second soundbytes are also available to sample.

After hearing Evidence One on Pandora, Sheldon contacted Carsten and asked him if he would be interested in collaborating on some recordings and sent him a few music samples. Carsten quickly responded and said he indeed would be interested, and the seeds of July Reign were planted.
A few songs evolved into a whole album. Sheldon and Mark’s friendship and musical relationship go way back in time to the big-hair metal days of the late 80s in Phoenix, Arizona.
Sheldon is influenced by the melodic emotion of David Gilmore, the energy of Joe Satriani, the fretboard acrobatics of guitar greats like Tony MacAlpine, Paul Gilbert, Vinnie Moore, and many others. He has forged his own style of coaxing fire and passion out of six strings. Inspired early on by the hard rock guitarists of the 70s, weaned on the guitar frenzy heydays of the 80s, and energized by today’s modern generation of shredders, Sheldon’s playing has never been better.
Having played over the years in various bands and recording projects from the Bay Area in California to Phoenix, Arizona, Sheldon moved to Montana in ’99.
JULY REIGN is:
Sheldon Scrivner: Guitars & Keys
Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz: Vocals
Mark Duran: Drums
JULY REIGN’s debut album Here Comes The Flood will be released worldwide by MelodicRock Records on March 23.
Pre-orders available shortly.
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MRCD13 – Peak Melodic

MRCD13 – Peak Melodic

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MRCD13 “Peak Melodic” is 55 tracks, of which there are 27 unreleased tracks and other rarities! The triple CD Set will be housed in a special slimline Jewel Case, with special full artwork as per usual.

AMBOAJE ‘All About Living’ delivers pure Rock with memorable vocals and a unique style. Amboaje pronounced (am-bo-age), led by front man Toni Amboaje who is by all accounts a self-taught composer with pure Rock running through his veins, is a high-energy artist with his feet on the ground.
MRCD13 – “Peak Melodic”
CD1:
01) Ammunition – Sucker For Anything 04:05
02) Mason/Chessney – Breaking Down 03:51
03) Erik Martensson – Kissing The Rain (Original ‘Caught In The Game Demo) 04:10
04) Reagan Browne – Gypsy Woman’s Got The Groove (Feat. Eric Johnson) 04:18
05) In Faith – Learn To Fly (Unreleased) 04:39
06) Jim Peterik & Marc Scherer – Delusional (Original Demo, Unreleased) 04:36
07) Liberty & Justice – Amaze Me (Unreleased on CD) 03:58
08) Nelson – It’s All About You (Unreleased) 03:16
09) N.O.W – Let This Bird Free (Unreleased) 03:59
10) Redrum – Never Too Old (Unreleased) 04:22
11) Talon – Back Where I Belong (Unreleased) 03:41
12) White Widdow – Thunder (Japan Bonus Track) 04:25
13) Marc Scherer – Make A Memory (Unreleased) 04:34
14) Outlasted – Someone Like You 03:03
15) Eclipse – I Don’t Wanna Say I’m Sorry (Acoustic, Unreleased) 03:49
16) Liberty & Justice – Forever Starts Tonight (Unreleased on CD) 04:05
17) Eric Bazilian feat. Wesley Stace – Benedictus (Preview Track) 04:22
18) Paradise Inc. – Secrets
CD2:
01) Debbie Ray – Beautiful Monday 04:18 
02) Karl Johnson – The Brightest Star 03:47
03) Liberty & Justice – Promises To God (Unreleased on CD) 04:13 
04) Faithsedge – Let You Breathe (Demo Version) 04:38
05) Biloxi – Right The Music (Remix, Unreleased) 04:10
06) Danny Danzi – So Long (Unreleased) 04:30
07) Pride Of Lions – Naked (Unreleased) 04:32
08) Mysticity (Feat. Doogie White) – Father’s Day (Unreleased) 04:10
09) Jimmy Lawrence – L.A. Routine (Unreleased) 05:23
10) Raine – Never Alone (New Remix) 04:38 
11) Ferreira – Don’t Let Go (Acoustic, Unreleased) 04:06
12) Gaeleri – Wannabe (Unreleased) 04:25
13) Human Fortress – Cruel Fantasy (Unreleased) 03:04
14) Robbie LaBlanc – Mojito Mike (Unreleased) 04:50
15) Jim Santos – Bomb (Unreleased) 04:55
16) Romeo’s Daughter – Bittersweet (Live) 04:50
17) JK Northrup & Johnny Edwards – Whiskey Train (Live, Unreleased) 04:14
18) Terry Ilous & JK Northrup – Grey People (Demo, Unreleased) 03:33
CD3:
02) Poley/Rivera – Top Of The World 03:18
03) Constancia – Hold On My Heart 03:39
04) The Radio Sun – Walk Away 03:12
05) Faith Circus – Can U Feel It (New Remix) 04:28
06) Intuitive – Sweeter Than It Seems (NEW MRR SIGNING)(Preview) 05:14
07) Vindictiv – Paralyzed 05:35
08) July Reign – Inferno (NEW MRR SIGNING)(Preview) 04:22
09) Royal Mess – Aces High 03:51
10) Tonk – Voodoo 03:45
11) Serpentine Sky – Everybody Wears A Symbol 04:15
12) Room Experience – Tomorrow’s Came 04:42
13) Sound Of Eternity – Cambiar El Mundo (Call To Action)(Japanese Bonus Track) 04:32
14) Secret – Since I Fell For You 05:02
15) S.A.Y – Love And Affection 03:21
16) Soaked (Feat. Steve Brown) – 40ft Ringo (NEW MRR SIGNING)(Preview) 03:09
17) Terra Nova – Promises 03:30
18) Andreas Novak – Sing in the Rain (Japan Bonus Track) 03:55
19) Secret – Fly Away (Instrumental, Japan Bonus Track) 04:28
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AMBOAJE – All About Living

AMBOAJE – All About Living

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NEW SONG! “My Heart Is Strong”

‘All About Living’ delivers pure Rock with memorable vocals and a unique style.
Amboaje pronounced (am-bo-age), led by front man Toni Amboaje who is by all accounts a self-taught composer with pure Rock running through his veins,
is a high-energy artist with his feet on the ground.
Toni began his solo career in 2011 when his self-penned songs won the XIV Ciudad de Oviedo Rock Contest. He performed his compositions that year and the following in front of thousands of people. In 2012 Toni competed successfully in the popular television program “The Voice”. Out of 70,000 participants he reached the finals with his interpretation of Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best” and was one of only 10 singers who were able to conquer all four judges: Melendi, Malu, Rosario and David Bisbal.
For more than five weeks the program was the undisputed leader in media impact on the social networks, with more than 15,000 followers.
For 2015 Toni has put the final touches on his new LP “All About Living” with a super band that bears his name. A very special collection of unforgettable songs with major collaborations, this is a recording for the ages.
All About Living represents a great jump at all levels and will surely stand as a before and after moment in his career. A career which boast 10 years as a composer and singer, more than 15,000 albums sold and over 200 concerts vast television experience.
It’s safe to say Toni Amboaje’s quest to be a unique artist who delivers classic American Rock is realized.

02. All About Living
03. Rise & Fall with You
04. Able
05. Five Years Gone
06. Gotta Be A Good Girl
07. Something to Say
08. Give Me The Real Thing
09. It’s Always You (w/ Paula Rojo)
10. Feels Like Saturday Night
11. My Heart is Strong
12. Once

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STREET TALK – V

STREET TALK – V

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MelodicRock Records is excited to announce a partnership with Swedish AOR favourites STREET TALK for a limited reissue of the band’s best three albums.
On August 30 and limited to just 500 units each, MRR will reissue the STREET TALK albums ‘Transition’ (from 2000); ‘Restoration’ (from 2002) and the AOR classic ‘V’ (from 2006).
All three albums are long out of print, highly sought after and when listed, fetch tidy sums on Ebay.
The new MRR reissues will feature exclusive new artwork and each album will feature several bonus tracks.
STREET TALK is the brainchild of Swedish keyboardist/songwriter FREDRIK BERGH. Their debut came in 1997 with the album ‘Collaboration’.
The album featured, amongst others, guest vocalist Göran Edman who would continue to work with Fredrik throughout the Street Talk history.
In 2000, the album ‘Transition’ was released featuring Goran again on a set of smooth Westcoast/AOR tunes.
In 2002 STREET TALK signed to the now defunct MTM Music label for the excellent album ‘Restoration’. The opus featured vocals from Goran once again and also two popular tracks from American AOR vocalist HUGO.
In 2006 the band released their fourth all-original studio album – the distinctly more powerful, pure AOR masterpiece ‘V’. Featuring Goran Edman on all vocals, the album was the defining moment of Street Talk’s history.
Since the release of ‘V’ in 2006, STREET TALK has been on hiatus, but Fredrik has been as busy as ever as a founding member of melodic metal band Bloodbound as well as writing and working with such artists as Revolution Saints, Steve Augeri, Steve Overland, Joe Lynn Turner, Rob Moratti, Harry Hess, Bob Halligan jr, Phenomena, Seven and Anette Olzon
From ‘V’ – Responsible
‘V’ – 6 Bonus Tracks

Astray (New Track that appeared on the ‘Destination’ Compilation; Japanese ‘V’ Bonus Track Mix)
Made For Paradise (New Track that appeared on the ‘Destination’ Compilation; Japanese ‘V’ Bonus Track Mix)
Responsible (Instrumental)
If I Could (Instrumental)
Family Business (Instrumental)
Oh Maddy (Instrumental)
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STREET TALK – Restoration

STREET TALK – Restoration

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MelodicRock Records is excited to announce a partnership with Swedish AOR favourites STREET TALK for a limited reissue of the band’s best three albums.
On August 30 and limited to just 500 units each, MRR will reissue the STREET TALK albums ‘Transition’ (from 2000); ‘Restoration’ (from 2002) and the AOR classic ‘V’ (from 2006).
All three albums are long out of print, highly sought after and when listed, fetch tidy sums on Ebay.
The new MRR reissues will feature exclusive new artwork and each album will feature several bonus tracks.
STREET TALK is the brainchild of Swedish keyboardist/songwriter FREDRIK BERGH. Their debut came in 1997 with the album ‘Collaboration’.
The album featured, amongst others, guest vocalist Göran Edman who would continue to work with Fredrik throughout the Street Talk history.
In 2000, the album ‘Transition’ was released featuring Goran again on a set of smooth Westcoast/AOR tunes.
In 2002 STREET TALK signed to the now defunct MTM Music label for the excellent album ‘Restoration’. The opus featured vocals from Goran once again and also two popular tracks from American AOR vocalist HUGO.
In 2006 the band released their fourth all-original studio album – the distinctly more powerful, pure AOR masterpiece ‘V’. Featuring Goran Edman on all vocals, the album was the defining moment of Street Talk’s history.
Since the release of ‘V’ in 2006, STREET TALK has been on hiatus, but Fredrik has been as busy as ever as a founding member of melodic metal band Bloodbound as well as writing and working with such artists as Revolution Saints, Steve Augeri, Steve Overland, Joe Lynn Turner, Rob Moratti, Harry Hess, Bob Halligan jr, Phenomena, Seven and Anette Olzon
From ‘Restoration’ – Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight
‘RESTORATION’ – 9 bonus Tracks

After The Tears (Japanese Bonus Track)
Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight (Original Demo; Kimmo Blom Vocals)
Forever By Your Side (Original Demo; Kimmo Blom Vocals)
Language Of Love (Rough Mix)
Till The End Of Time (Original ‘Dancer In The Rain’; Peter Broman Vocals)
Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight (Instrumental)
Dancer In The Rain (Instrumental)
Tables Turning (Instrumental)
A Place In The Sun (Instrumental)
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STREET TALK – Transition

STREET TALK – Transition

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MelodicRock Records is excited to announce a partnership with Swedish AOR favourites STREET TALK for a limited reissue of the band’s best three albums.
On August 30 and limited to just 500 units each, MRR will reissue the STREET TALK albums ‘Transition’ (from 2000); ‘Restoration’ (from 2002) and the AOR classic ‘V’ (from 2006).
All three albums are long out of print, highly sought after and when listed, fetch tidy sums on Ebay.
The new MRR reissues will feature exclusive new artwork and each album will feature several bonus tracks.
STREET TALK is the brainchild of Swedish keyboardist/songwriter FREDRIK BERGH. Their debut came in 1997 with the album ‘Collaboration’.
The album featured, amongst others, guest vocalist Göran Edman who would continue to work with Fredrik throughout the Street Talk history.
In 2000, the album ‘Transition’ was released featuring Goran again on a set of smooth Westcoast/AOR tunes.
In 2002 STREET TALK signed to the now defunct MTM Music label for the excellent album ‘Restoration’. The opus featured vocals from Goran once again and also two popular tracks from American AOR vocalist HUGO.
In 2006 the band released their fourth all-original studio album – the distinctly more powerful, pure AOR masterpiece ‘V’. Featuring Goran Edman on all vocals, the album was the defining moment of Street Talk’s history.
Since the release of ‘V’ in 2006, STREET TALK has been on hiatus, but Fredrik has been as busy as ever as a founding member of melodic metal band Bloodbound as well as writing and working with such artists as Revolution Saints, Steve Augeri, Steve Overland, Joe Lynn Turner, Rob Moratti, Harry Hess, Bob Halligan jr, Phenomena, Seven and Anette Olzon
From ‘Transition’ – If Anybody Breaks Your Heart
‘TRANSITION’ – 7 Bonus Tracks

I’ll Always Remember (Japanese Bonus Track)
Don’t Give Up On This Love (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
Everything I Do Is Just For You (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
If Anybody Breaks Your Heart (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
Let Me Be The One (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
Always Stand By You (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
Someday (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
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VINDICTIV – World On Fire

VINDICTIV – World On Fire

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MelodicRock Records is offering a double dose of Swedish class in July. MRR will crank up the metal once again by releasing the new studio album from Swedish melodic/neoclassical metal outfit VINDICTIV on July 10.

The new album World Of Fear is a huge leap forward for the band and features the vocals of superstar MARK BOALS throughout.
MelodicRock Records is excited to launch another full track preview of the coming album, with the track ‘Day’ below.
PRE-ORDER for VINDICTIV and CONSTANCIA available now. BOTH releases available as limited Special Edition versions.
VINDICTIV ’World Of Fear’ Track Listing:
And check out ‘Paralyzed’ available below:
Once again, following the fantastic reception to the ROOM EXPERIENCE Special Edition, VINDICTIV World On Fire will also be available direct from MRR as a Special Edition limited release – featuring one exclusive bonus track!
Also featured on the new album is a perfect cover of the Yngwie Malmsteen classic Far Beyond The Sun. A video for that track has just been released:
VINDICTIV is:
Stefan Lindholm – guitar
Pontus Larsson – keyboards
Nalle Påhlsson – bass
Mark Boals – vocals
Marco Minnemann – drums
History:
One of the best kept secrets of neoclassical metal – so far. Stockholm’s Vindictiv introduced themselves to the metal audience in an impressive fashion with their 2008 eponymous debut. The band’s sophomore effort”Ground Zero” followed swiftly the following year, and remains a fan favorite.
From this point on Vindictiv’s career path got rockier. ”Cage Of Infinity” arrived in 2013, following an acrimonious split between guitarist Stefan Lindholm and his other band Raven Lord.
Vindictiv’s fourth and current effort ”World Of Fear” was created under more harmonious circumstances, and to their guitarist marks both a progression and a return to form.
”The sound is harder, but also more melody-oriented”, muses Stefan (whose resumé also includes Phenomena and Black Sabbath legend Tony Martin). ”Some fans may have found the last album too metallic, but this is more in the veins of ”Ground Zero”.
”Wall Of Pain” is a catchy heavy metal anthem with plenty of double bassdrums. ”Until The Dawn” is slower, a semi-ballad – a little something for the ladies. ”Day” is somewhat poppy – more of a major chord-vibe, unlike the minor chord-oriented remaining songs. At the same time, this is a more technical album than the previous one. I deliver my usual masturbation-style solos!”
Lest we forget – ”World Of Fear” introduces the most star-studded Vindictiv lineup yet. Present as always are Stefan’s faithful cohorts Pontus Larsson on keyboards and renowned bass player Nalle Påhlsson (Therion, Treat, Last Autumn’s Dream).
By their side we find virtuoso drummer Marco Minnemann (Kreator, Joe Satriani, Steven Wilson) and singerMark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Royal Hunt, Dokken). The latter is arguably the most famous on a long list of Vindictiv frontmen that includes Tommy Karevik (Kamelot, Seventh Wonder), Nils Molin (Dynazty), Oliver Hartmann (At Vance, Avantasia) and Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum).
”Mark is someone I’ve known for some time and it was great to finally make a whole album with him”, says Stefan. ”Marco is a very easy-going guy. I hooked up with him on Facebook and he agreed to do the album as soon as he heard the songs. He’s such a quick worker, he nailed his parts almost before he received the songs from me.”
As additional icing on the cake, ”World Of Fear” features guest solos from two keyboard exceptionals. Mark Basile is best known as the singer in Italy’s own DGM. The recently deceased Mats Olausson has made stellar contributions to the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, Lion’s Share, Ark and Evil Masquerade.
”These sessions may be the last that Mats ever did before his passing”, says Stefan. ”He appears on three songs, including a cover version of Yngwie Malmsteen’s ”Far Beyond The Sun”. Such a sweet guy. We dedicate ”World Of Fear” to him.”
Have Vindictiv finally found a stable lineup? If it’s up to their guitarist, the answer is yes.
”I’d really like to bring an element of permanency to the band. And the odds of us five performing live together look real favorable. Sure, some members are busy people and Mark and Marco live in the US. But my goal is to get Vindictiv back on stage and Mark is already on board. After all, playing live is the most fun part of all about being in a band.”
With any luck, these plans will quickly come to fruition. ”World of fear” marks the rebirth of Vindictiv, and it’s due time that the band goes from ”best kept secret of neoclassical metal” to ”best revealed secret of neoclassical metal”.
DISCOGRAPHY:
”Vindictiv” (2008)
”Ground Zero” (2009)
”Cage Of Infinity” (2013)
”World Of Fear” (2015)
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CONSTANCIA – Final Curtain (Ltd Ed)

CONSTANCIA – Final Curtain (Ltd Ed)

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01. Don’t Tread On My Heart 
02. Spectres 
03. Way To Life
04. Live A Lie 
05. Hang Tough
06. Lucidia
07. Hold On My Heart
08. Greyhound Therapy 
09. Lies Within Lies (Bonus Track)
10. Little Fighter
11. In Your Eyes
12. Final Curtain
13. Wake Up Dreaming(Bonus Track)
14. Trail Of Tears (Bonus Track)(Feat. Michael Mueller-Jaded Heart) 

OUT NOW… SPECIAL EDITION LIMITED STOCK STILL AVAILABLE.

MelodicRock Records will release the brand new studio album from Swedish melodic hard rockers CONSTANCIA.
Their new album is ‘Final Curtain’, which is the long awaited sequel to the first album ‘Lost And Gone’ (Frontiers/King Records, 2009).
Special Edition Track Listing (Featuring 3 exclusive bonus tracls! Limited Edition):
01. Don’t Tread On My Heart
02. Spectres
03. Way To Life
04. Live A Lie
05. Hang Tough
06. Lucidia
07. Hold On My Heart
08. Greyhound Therapy
09. Lies Within Lies (Bonus Track)
10. Little Fighter
11. In Your Eyes
12. Final Curtain
13. Wake Up Dreaming (Bonus Track)
14. Trail Of Tears (Bonus Track)(Feat. Michael Mueller-Jaded Heart)
 CONSTANCIA ‘Final Curtain’ Special Edition $15 + $5 Shipping Worldwide

 

MelodicRock Records is excited to launch another full track preview of the coming album, with the great melodic hard rocker ‘Hold On My Heart’
Don’t Tread:
Once again, following the fantastic reception to the ROOM EXPERIENCE Special Edition, the CONSTANCIA’s‘Final Curtain’ release will also be available direct from MRR as a Special Edition limited release – again featuringthree exclusive bonus tracks!
Another July 10 release from MRR is set to be announced and then details of pre-orders will be made available.
CONSTANCIA is:
David Fremberg: vocals (Andromeda)
Janne Stark: guitar (Grand Design, Overdrive, Locomotive Breath)
Mikael Rosengren: keyboards (Token, Scudiero)
Linus Abrahamsson: bass (Andromeda)
TrumPeter Svensson: drums (Faith, Mercy, Locomotive Breath)
Press comments for the first album ‘Lost And Gone’ (Frontiers/King Records 2009):
Classic Rock – 8/10 – “Class like this doesn’t come along too often”
Powerplay – “Climb up a mountain, rip out a guitar solo and remember that bands like Constancia are here to make rock music fun again”.
Fireworks – “…”Lost and Gone” is up there with the best of them”
Festivalfoto – 5/5 – “This is Top 3 of 2009”
Rock realms – 85/100
Rock Hard – 8/10
Rock It – 8/10
Spark – 4,5/5
Aardshock – 80/100
Scream – 4/5
Heavy Magazine – 9/10
History:
It all started in 2007, as the brainchild of former Scudiero/Token keyboard player Mikael Rosengren. He had written a bunch of songs that he wanted to record. He got in touch with guitarist Janne Stark (Overdrive, Grand Design, Locomotive Breath etc) and asked him to lay down some guitars. Janne loved the songs and got more and more involved in the process, and the seeds of Constancia were sown.
They now felt it was time to get a full band together. Janne contacted drummer Peter “TrumPeter” Svensson(ex-Mercy, Faith), with whom he had worked in Overheat, Locomotive Breath and Mountain of Power. Mikael drafted Jaded Heart bassist Michael Mueller, and they tried out various vocalists before finding David Fremberg. David is also fronting progressive rockers Andromeda and had also worked with Janne on his first Mountain Of Power album. They overcame the vast geographical distances, with Mueller living in Germany, and the debut album “Lost And Gone” saw the light of day in July 2009. The producer, Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed, Token, Eclipse), was carefully selected after the band had received outstanding test mixes from great people like Beau Hill, Pontus Norgren and Pelle Saether. Fredrik was just right for the band’s “melogressive” metal (melodic, yet a bit aggressive and a touch progressive). The album received rave reviews in magazines like Classic Rock, Rock Hard, PowerPlay, Fireworks and Rock It.
The geographical distances however made it difficult for the band to get a good live situation going.
In 2013 the work process for the band’s second album started. Since Michael Mueller was busy with other musical projects the band had to find a new bass player. Janne, David and drummer Peter are from the same region, and they figured getting a bass player from that region would be a good idea. Why not someone they already knew? Enter Linus Brahamson, also a member of Andromeda. Instead of rushing out a new album, the band let the process take some time and the band spent 2013 and most part of 2014 working on the songs, recording and mixing. The way the song-writing process goes is: Mikael writes the basic structure of the song with some vocal and lyrical ideas, then sends it to Janne, who pitches in with some additional ideas, arrangements, melodies and lyrics. David then adds some of his vocal melodies. This time the production was also kept under the Constancia umbrella. Since David is working as a producer, why not let him do it? This was a very smart plan, since David already had a lot of great production ideas.
Final Curtain? Is this the end? No way! The title track is about the end of a life but also that there may be something new and exciting behind that final curtain. A lot of the lyrical themes on the album reflect things and thoughts of everyday life such as not being true to yourself, political hypocrisy, the birth of a child, long bus rides with people not of your choice, love and the fascination of fear.
CONSTANCIA ‘Final Curtain’ is released via MelodicRock Records on July 10.

 

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NALLE PAHLSSON’S ROYAL MESS – Royal Mess

NALLE PAHLSSON’S ROYAL MESS – Royal Mess

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Nalle Påhlsson’s ROYAL MESS is designed to kick some ass – a little Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys meetsKiss, meets Swedish melodic rock class. 

Nalle’s name should be very familiar to fans of Scandinavian rock – just check the credits for such great acts asTreat, Last Autumn’s Dream, Vindictiv and Therion.
After so many years helping others sound great, MRR is proud to bring Nalle’s debut album to fans.
Produced by Nalle Påhlsson and Mixed by Chris Laney.
The self-titled Nalle Påhlsson’s ROYAL MESS album IS OUT NOW in two configurations – regular and a direct pre-order limited Special Edition that will feature one bonus track.
Track Listing:
And check out the list of special guests on ROYAL MESS!
Kee Marcello (ex Europe)
Ian Haugland (Europe)
Mats Olausson (Yngwie Malmsteen)
Jamie Borger (Treat, L.A.D.)
Danne McKentzie (Mustasch)
Mats Levén (Candlemass, Therion)
Snowy Shaw (Therion)
Linnéa Vikström (Therion)
Johan Koleberg (Therion)
Pontus Norgren (Hammerfall)
Patrick Appelgren (Treat)
Kristian Niemann (ex Therion)
Zinny Zan (Easy Action, Shotgun Messiah)
Stefan Bergström (Skintrade)
Christian Vidal (Therion)
Micke Hujanen
Igna Jover (Antalgia)
Nicci Notini
Love Magnusson (Dynazty)
Stefan Lindholm (Vindictiv)
Max Lorentz
Henrik Bergqvist (The Poodles)
Mikael Erlandsson (L.A.D)
Lasse Andersson (producer, songwriter)
Pontus Larsson (Vindictiv)
For more than three decades, Nalle Påhlsson has been one of Sweden’s leading rock bassists, providing reliable backing vocals along the way. September sees the release of Nalle Påhlsson’s Royal Mess. An album where Nalle finally steps out as a lead singer, songwriter and versatile musician (providing rhythm guitars and keyboards, as well as bass).
Inspired by his oldest brother’s record collection, Nalle started playing guitar at an early age. At 10, he joined his first band, switching to bass guitar the following year.
“Playing the bass reflects my personality. If I was a housebuilder I’d be into cement, working on the foundation. I feel just as at home playing the rhythm guitar, which has a similar role”, Nalle smiles.
His early influences – Deep Purple, Kiss, The Sweet, Kansas – instilled the rock’n'roll dream, and the success of the band Europe proved that it was possible for Swedes his own age to make it.
Soon, Nalle was a sought-after bass player, touring and/or recording with some of Scandinavia’s biggest names (Mikael Rickfors, Mats Ronander, Pugh Rogefeldt, Sanne Salomonsen, Easy Action and many others). He also formed what may have been Sweden’s first tribute band, AB/CD. Not only did they play impeccable AC/DC covers; Nalle (who, being the rhythm guitarist, naturally called himself Nalcolm) also wrote new material in the style of the Australian rockers. AB/CD released one EP and two albums. The first album shifted 30,000 units, outselling some of Sweden’s most hyped rock bands in the process.
Nalle continued to work as a freelance musician, as well as being a member of bands like Treat, Last Autumn’s Dream, Vindictiv and Therion.
“I always tried to create bass lines that added something to the music, and made it more interesting and varied”.
His efforts did not go unnoticed: in 2010, he was voted Bass Player of the Year on MelodicRock.com
But there was always a sense of unfinished business. He had his own album to make. And now it’s finally here.
Royal Mess reflects a big part of Nalle’s musical tastes. Crunchy riffs, high energy playing, and catchy melodies. Timeless and melodic hard rock/AOR, as opposed to metal. Elements of prog can be detected, too, but he has chosen to save most of that side for another time.
It would be hard to pick out specific highlights from such a strong collection of quality songs. Most of them convey a life-affirming feeling. Nalle has had his share of bad relationships and self-destructive behaviour. Four years sober, he has used his time well, playing sessions and touring the world as Therion’s bass player, while making this album.
“I have spent a lot of time being drunk or hungover in my day. The drinking increased around 2008, and one day I had just had enough. I realized that not only did I hurt myself, but also the ones I care about the most: my kids, my mother, my brothers and my friends. I decided to look for help. Ever since then, my whole life has become more enjoyable”.
Most of the album’s lyrics describe this journey.
“I hope that the songs inspire others who find themselves in similar situations to make a change, and take control of their own destiny. It’s never too late.”
The album was produced and arranged by Nalle himself, and mixed by renowned producer/musician/songwriter/artist, Chris Laney, who provided the already big and bold material with his trademark “in your face” attitude, and a slightly more modern twist.
The list of musicians credited on the album reads like a who’s who of the Swedish hard rock community. How about Kee Marcello (Easy Action/Europe), Love Magnusson (Dynazty), Pontus Norgren (Hammerfall), Micke Hujanen (AB/CD), Stefan Lindholm (Vindictiv), Henrik Bergqvist (The Poodles), and Kristian Niemann (Therion) – and that’s just the solo guitarists. It seems that everyone who knows Nalle wanted to help put him in the spotlight by lending their talents to the album. However, it’s Nalle’s vocals, rhythm guitar, bass and songwriting that is the core of the album’s sound and style. The question remains: Why on earth hasn’t he sung lead before?
“A lot of people who have heard the album have wondered why I have waited so long to do it. I guess it’s a question of self confidence. People also seem to find it refreshing that I have made a classic hard rock album that reminds them of the Seventies and Eighties. But this is quite simply the kind of music I grew up listening to. I guess the only target group I had in mind was me!” Nalle laughs.
Nalle Påhlsson’s Royal Mess is a personal and musical victory.
Put it on, crank it up, and you will soon know why.

 

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SERPENTINE SKY – Serpentine Sky

SERPENTINE SKY – Serpentine Sky

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MelodicRock Records is really excited to have another great Aussie rock band join the label roster. Melbourne based SERPENTINE SKY launch their self-titled debut album October 30.
“Serpentine Sky” Track Listing:
12. Strong Is The Love (Live Acousic Version)
13. Look Into My Eyes (Live Acoustic Version)
14. Sex And Money (1988 Demo – Dedicated To GK) 
Serpentine Sky is:Patrick Creamer – Vocals

Zakk Zedras – Guitar
Rexx Fernandez – Guitar
Clinton Roche – Bass
Craig Whitelock – Drums
Owner of MRR, Andrew McNeice recalls owning a relic of the band’s early days. “When Zakk sent me their album to check out, I only needed seconds to realize the anthemic lead track Whole Lotta Love has been a part of my collection in the form of a 2 track promo-cassette from the early 90s. I had always loved that song and wanted to hear more. Better late than never! This is a classic melodic rock album with a strong dose of Aussie attitude and a very slick, energetic production.”
“Serpentine Sky” will be released in a 10 track regular edition in Europe November 6 as well as a limited Special Edition direct from here, with pre-orders shipping by October 30.
Originally founded in 1989 by Patrick Creamer, Zakk Zedras, Rexx Fernandez, Clinton Roche and Craig Whitelock,  Serpentine Sky made an immediate impact on audiences with their energetic live show combining shredding guitars,  three part harmonies, huge melodic choruses and the best rhythm section around. In the early nineties, the band was tipped as ‘the next big thing’ by Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum and showered with major record label deals.
As fate would have it, everything came to an abrupt end in 1991. Drummer Craig Whitelock suffered a motorbike accident which put him out of action for a year. The band tried to carry on with another drummer, but relationships became strained and the magic was lost.Reuniting almost 25 years later, the band played at the tribute show for dearly departed friend and former White Widow drummer George Kristy. After the show the band committed to record a full length album of the best songs with producer / engineer Ricki Rae.  The band changed their name to Serpentine Sky in 2015 and the new album will be Available soon.
Please check out SERPENTINE SKY and “Midnight”:
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