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House Of Shakira – Sour Grapes

House Of Shakira – Sour Grapes

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OUT NOW! HOUSE OF SHAKIRA IS OUT WORLDWIDE!
Review Quote from Get Ready To Rock: ”There are two absolute monster tunes on here in the shape of ‘Bend The River’ (which sees the band’s trademark harmony vocals in overload) and ‘Hopeless Case’, the latter sees the band use keyboards to full effect. This is why I love this band their ability to produce a catchy tune and a chorus that doesn’t leave your head for days after first hearing it. Andreas Novak is singing up a storm on these two and you can see why House Of Shakira were quick to employ his services after leaving Mind’s Eye.

Quite possibly their best outing since the heady days of their ‘Lint’ album, yes it is really that good. House Of Shakira are one of the most consistent and enjoyable melodic hard rock bands out there, long may that continue. ****1/2″

One of Sweden’s legacy melodic rock acts HOUSE OF SHAKIRA are ready to deliver the best serving of Sour Grapes you’ve ever been fed.
Keeping the momentum going since lead singer Andreas Novak joined the band, Sour Grapes is the band’s third since Andreas’ 2012 debut. And as like the last album, the band has taken things to the next level, with more harmonies, more chorus hooks and more layers of everything….including for the very first time – keyboards!
Says frontman Andreas Novak“A witty bio-update would be nice…just really can’t figure out what…it’s the same line-up…Feel free to improvise on that one, Andrew – it doesn’t even have to be true, just as long as it’s good.”
Label CEO Andrew McNeice“Following Andreas’ instructions, I’d like to claim that owning Sour Grapes will improve your standing with the opposite sex; it will cure you of any hangover; playing it loud to your neighbors will indeed boost your reputation as the coolest person in the street and best of all, buying a CD will infinitely increase the riches of the band and the record label, allowing us all to retire that little bit sooner to the tropical island we have put a deposit on.”
House Of Shakira are a Swedish rock formed by guitarists Mats Hallstensson and Anders Lundström that started out in Stockholm around 1991 under the moniker The Station. The mid 1990′s saw the band change their name to House of Shakira, named after a London bordello.
In their 25 year history the band has released seven previous studio albums, all of which have left their mark, making the band one of Sweden’s best known musical exports as well as hometown heroes. Their famed debut album “Lint” remains a genre classic.
The House Of Shakira line-up of Mats Hallstensson (guitars), Anders Lundström (guitars), Andreas Novak (vocals) and the blistering rhythm section of Basse Blyberg (bass) and Martin Larsson (drums) locked themselves away in the studio, in what’s become a ritual designed to produce more glorious Scandinavian melodies.
Following the albums “House Of Shakira” and “Pay To Play”; the brilliant new “Sour Grapes” will be released worldwide via MelodicRock Records/Cargo Records on CD August 26 and via digital outlets two weeks later on September 9.
And we are excited to debut the first brand new 2016 song for HoS right now. Here’s ‘Trial By Fire’!
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Outlasted – Into The Night

Outlasted – Into The Night

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MelodicRock Records further expands its international roster with the signing of hot Norwegian newcomers OUTLASTED.
MRR released the debut OUTLASTED album ‘Into The Night’ on July 1 in in two configurations – the regular edition and a limited Special Edition featuring 2 exclusive bonus tracks.
The album is produced by guitarist Terje Fløyli and expertly mastered by Harry Hess.
One of the new breed of Scandinavian rock bands, Outlasted picks up the mantle of classic rock and wears it with distinction. A five-piece band based in Norway, Outlasted’s harmonic and melodic lineup comprises Glenn Wikran on vocals, Terje Fløyli on guitars, and Odd-Børge Hansen at the piano and keyboards. On the rhythmic side of its tracks are Aleksander Schjølberg holding down the bass, and drummer Rune Erling Pedersen who provides the percussive pyrotechnics of this exciting new ensemble that features great hooks, catchy choruses, and full background harmonies provided by all band members.
With a dedication to musical excellence, Outlasted fuses the sound of the golden age of recording with the compelling songwriting of classic rock and brings both into the future with modern production techniques and stellar musicianship.
Having played their first official gig as Outlasted on November 29, 2014, newfound fans can look forward to a full album release on July 1, 2016 featuring artwork by Italy’s premier graphic designer, Nello Dell’Omo of Art for Music Studio in Naples. In the meantime, to satisfy your urge for more inspired music, Outlasted has released its first video: “Someone Like You” - mixed to sound the way rock should by Ronny Wikmark (Stage Dolls) at Nidaros Studio in Trondheim, Norway.
The song feature a solid, punchy rhythm section, soaring vocals, and beautifully textured arrangements—in short, melodic rock at its finest.
OUTLASTED is:
Glenn Wikran – Vocals & Additional Guitars
Terje Fløyli – Guitars
Odd-Børge Hansen – Piano & Keyboards
Aleksander Schjølberg – Bass
Rune Pedersen – Drums
OUTLASTED – Into The Night
GENRE: Melodic Rock
CAT#: MRR047
Produced and Engineered by Terje Fløyli
Mix and Post Production by Ronny Wikmark
Additional Musicians:
Rune Bryn: Drums on All Tracks
Rickard Johannesson: Bass on Track 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 & 10
Kjetil Andreassen: Acoustic Guitar on Track 3
Lasse Ingebrigtsen: Backing Vocals on All Tracks Except Track 9
Ronny Wikmark: Additional Keyboards
Mastered By Harry Hess At Hbomb Mastering, Canada
And here is another full length preview track from the debut album! Pre-orders available shortly.
  

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Paris – The World Outside

Paris – The World Outside

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MelodicRock Records is excited to announce a new partnership with French melodic rock band PARIS. The band’s new album ‘The World Outside’, is released in two configurations – the regular edition and a limited Special Edition featuring 2 exclusive bonus tracks.
This follows the band’s debut album ‘Only One Life’ (produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio) which was released in 2013.
PARIS are:
Frédéric Dechavanne: Lead & Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Sébastien Montet: Lead & Rhythm Guitars
For album number two, the PARIS story hasn’t changed: it’s still the story of two friends since the youngest of age, growing up in the suburbs of Paris and fancying the same kind of music in the second half of the eighties! Life separated the pair geographically, but music kept them united.
‘The World Outside’ is expertly produced and mastered by Steve Newman - further entwining himself in the PARIS story. The British melodic rock singer/producer had added background vocals on the debut and repeats that role here, adding his voice once again to the rich harmonies on this album.
The result is the perfect mix of the band’s pleasing AOR debut, with the harmony drenched trademark that is found on the NEWMAN records.
Rounding out this album’s lineup is Steve’s English teammates David Bartlett (bass) and Rob McEwen (drums), ensuring the best possible presentation for these songs.
And because the PARIS story is all based on friendship, Seb made sure that Robert Säll was involved again on one song, like on the debut and Alessandro Del Vecchio adds backing vocals on one track.
Frédéric says: “We’re still writing songs together and we have a bunch of great tunes waiting in the vault, either for a next PARIS album or for any band or artist that requires new material.”
Check out the first preview track from the album, the song Kitesurfing!
Credits:Frédéric Dechavanne: Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Additional Background Vocals on ‘End Of My World’, ‘Looking For You’, ‘This Broken Heart’ & ‘Stronger’

Sébastien Montet: All Guitars, Keyboards, Additional Background Vocals on ‘Don’t Say A Word’, ‘In My Eyes’ & ‘When You Find Love’
Additional Musicians:
Steve Newman: Background Vocals, Additional Guitar On ‘Unreachable’
David Bartlett: Bass, Background Vocals
Rob McEwen: Drums, Percussion
Special Guests:
Robert Säll: guitar (main solo) on ‘When You Find Love’
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Background vocals on ‘End Of My World’
Jean-Marc Perz: Additional Background Vocals on ‘Don’t Say A Word’, ‘In My Eyes’ & ‘When You Find Love’
Produced & Mastered By Steve Newman
Arranged by PARIS and Steve Newman Recorded at Chrome Dome, London (UK), Studio 109, Herblay (France) and Magic Moon Lane, Lüneburg (Germany)
Executive producers: Frédéric Dechavanne & Sébastien Montet
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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.

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 (Sale!)

July Reign – Here Comes The Flood (Sale!)

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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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AMBOAJE – All About Living

AMBOAJE – All About Living

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‘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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THE RADIO SUN – Heaven Or Heartbreak

THE RADIO SUN – Heaven Or Heartbreak

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01. Caught Between Heaven & A Heartbreak
02. Tell Me What You Want
03. Dying Without Your Love
04. Science Fiction Make Believe
05. Hanging By A Thread
06. Do You Remember Me?
07. Walk Away
08. Maybe
09. You're The One
10. Madness In The World
11. One In A Million
 Bonus Tracks:
12. I Might Lie (Andy Taylor cover)
13. After The Rain (Nelson cover)
14. Caught Between Heaven & A Heartbreak (Acoustic Version)
The Heaven Or Heartbreak EPK:
LIMITED SPECIAL EDITION STILL AVAILABLE!
Check out the first single from the album - ‘Caught Between Heaven & A Heartbreak’.
The Radio Sun:
Jason Old - Vocals & Guitars
Stevie Janevski - Guitars & Vocals
Robbie Erdmanis - Bass & Vocals
Ben Wignall - Drums, Keyboards & Vocals
Additional Musicians:
Paul Laine - Additional Backing Vocals & Keyboards
*Guitars On: “Dying Without Your Love
Dual Lead Vocal On: “Science Fiction Make Believe“.
Zakk Zedras - Guitar Solo On: “Hanging By A Thread

Once again, THE RADIO SUN have teamed with the great Paul Laine, who mixed the new album as well as co-writing three tracks and adding a special guest lead vocal on a song ‘Science Fiction Make Believe’.

Guitarist Stevie Janevski states enthusiastically; “The Heaven Or Heartbreak album title stands for our belief in melodic heavy rock. It’s our ‘heaven!’ We’ve grown as a band – and it would be our ‘heartbreak’ if this new album doesn’t extend our fanbase. All of us spent a lot of time on writing the songs and really believe it’s a good album with no fillers. We’re all really looking forward to getting out there and touring the album in as many parts of the world as possible”.
The Radio Sun debut album ‘Wrong Things Right’ was a top seller for MelodicRock Records and was well received by the press & public worldwide with favourable reviews in major scribes such as Classic Rock, Powerplay, Fireworks and Burrn! amongst others.
Two appearances at MelodicRockFest 3 & 4 in Chicago U.S.A. helped showcase The Radio Sun’s live experience with notable first class four part vocal harmonies (a standout on the new album) which impressed so much that Paul Laine asked the band to be his backing band for live shows in America and in Australia.
Heaven Or Heartbreak will be released in September in conjunction with Cargo Records UK and will also be available as a limited Special Edition direct from MelodicRock.com
The Special Edition bonus to include the band covering a few very special and much loved AOR classics!

 

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S.A.Y – Orion

S.A.Y – Orion

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S.A.Y – ORION
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MelodicRock Records is very excited to be able to announce the signing of new Swedish band S.A.Y., featuring two veteran artists under the new band name, reflecting their decision to record a melodic hard rock album together.
S.A.Y. is guitarist Jan Åkesson and singer Peter Grundström, musical partners since 1984 and teamed in StoneLake for six studio albums from 2006-2013.
Deciding to record an album with power and finesse, but in a more commercial melodic vein, Jan and Peter settled upon a new name for the project – S.A.Y.
The album contains 11 tracks of polished and powerful melodic rock and features the distinctive vocals of Peter Grundstrom and the hard edged guitar work of Jan Akesson; which will immediately bring comparisons to TNT, Westworld and Final Frontier.
S.A.Y. are:
Peter Grundstrom – Vocals
Jan Akesson – Guitars, Keyboards, Bass, Backing Vocals
With: Jens Westberg – Drums
“Orion” is set to be one of the noted debut albums of 2015.
And here is another exclusive FULL track from the album to preview – the opening track ‘Tragedy’
Time to check out one of the tracks from ‘Orion’, the anthemic “Broken Wings”:
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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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ROOM EXPERIENCE – Room Experience

ROOM EXPERIENCE – Room Experience

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ROOM EXPERIENCE’s self-titled debut is truly going to be an experience for fans of high-class European AOR and melodic rock!

This is perhaps the most star-studded MRR release yet.
REGULAR EDITION TRACK LISTING:
The opening track from the album “Shock Me” – please check out below.
ROOM EXPERIENCE is:
David Readman (Pink Cream 69, Voodoo Circle) – Lead & Backing Vocals
Gianluca Firmo - Keyboards, Backing Vocals & Lead Vocals on “Only Goodnight”
Davide “Dave Rox” Barbieri (Wheels Of Fire, Charming Grace) – Keyboards, Acoustic & Electric Piano, Acoustic & Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals
Pierpaolo “Zorro11″ Monti (Shining Line, Charming Grace, Lionville) – Drums & Percussion
Amos Monti (Shining Line, Charming Grace, Lionville) – Bass
Steve De Biasi (Gunshy, Charming Grace) – Guitars
But that’s not all… Making special guest appearances are:
Alessandro Del Vecchio (Revolution Saints, L.R.S, Three Lions, Shining Line) – Hammond on “Rainbow In The Rain”
Ivan Gonzalez (Secret, 91 Suite) – Guitars on “Another Day Without You”, “No Sign of Summer” & “Tomorrow’s Came”
Sven Larsson (Street Talk, Fergie Frederiksen, Lionville, Charming Grace) – Guitars on “The Only Truth”
Stefano Zeni (Wheels Of Fire, Charming Grace) – Guitars on “Queen Of Every Heart”
Boris Matakovic (Human Zoo, Charming Grace) – Sax on “Tomorrows Came”
Elena Aurë (Charming Grace) – Backing Vocals on “Rainbow in the Rain” & “Tomorrows Came”
ROOM EXPERIENCE will release their debut album “Room Experience” via MelodicRock Records/Cargo Distribution on May 22.
For those fans of Lionville, Shining Line, David Readman (solo), Charming Grace and Street Talk comes the debut AOR masterpiece ROOM EXPERIENCE!
Check out a full track from the album: “Tomorrow Came”
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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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Empires Of Eden – Architect Of Hope (Sale!)

Empires Of Eden – Architect Of Hope (Sale!)

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MelodicRock Records is going full metal for this special release from Aussie melodic metal project EMPIRES OF EDEN.

Their new album Architect Of Hope is a raging slab of relentless riffing and high-octane metal, all delivered with style, class and plenty of melodies.

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This album OUT NOW available via MelodicRock.com and MelodicRock Direct.
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From Avantasia to Ayreon and beyond, collaborations in metal typically prove to be more than the sum of their parts. This has been never been more true than in the case of Empires of Eden, a melodic metal project originating from Sydney, Australia and spanning the entire globe in its unprecedented scope.
Masterminded by former Dungeon and current Death Dealer guitarist/Producer Stu Marshall, Empires of Eden is characterized by a massive power metal sound, 30-piece orchestral score, and guest performances from some of the most celebrated musicians in the industry. Proving that neither oceans nor national boundaries are capable of stopping this explosive onslaught, Marshall has enlisted the participation of artists from all corners of the globe to assemble an army of veteran talent like no other.
2015 will bring us to “Architect of Hope”. The fourth album delivering nine head pounding tracks and featuring heavy Metal Legend, Ralf Scheepers (Primal fear).
Raising the standard yet again, Marshall has enlisted world wrecking stars like Rick Altzi (Masterplan), Mike Dimeo (Riot / Masterplan) and Jeff Martin (Racer X) just to highlight four of the amazing nine deep cast.
The 2012 release “Channelling the Infinite” raised the bar across the board in several categories of metal: symphonic, collaborative, progressive, melodic and generally ground breaking. The album received consistent scoring 9/10 or higher in reviews worldwide. In addition to Marshall’s uncompromising compositional skills and technical guitar wizardry, the album was reinforced by vocalists who have earned their place in history, such as UDO Dirkschneider (Accept), Mike Dimeo (Riot / Masterplan) and Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper / Lionsheart) to name just a few.
Compared to other collaborative projects of this kind, Empires of Eden is unique in the extent to which the guest vocalists are involved with the writing of the songs themselves. According to Marshall, although he tailors the instrumental backing to each singer’s individual style and preferred range, “They are completely at liberty to write any lyrics they want, and they pen the vocal melodies themselves, too.” Having so much artistic freedom not only increases the vocalists’ enthusiasm for the project, but also enables them to deliver their best possible performances, unbounded by the usual constraints of the ‘guest musician’ format.
With lush, picturesque orchestral arrangements, bone-crushing riffs, kaleidoscopic soloing and spectacular vocal performances, Empires of Eden has developed a trademark sound that redefines the concept of epic.
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TERRA NOVA – Reinvent Yourself

TERRA NOVA – Reinvent Yourself

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Reinvent Yourself is the 6th studio album of the Dutch band Terra Nova. In 1996 their highly acclaimed debut album Livin´ It Up was launched. After that the albums Break Away in 1997 and Make My Day in 1999 followed.

After the first three albums the band had to split up due to a conflict with their Dutch record company.
Fred, Ron and Gesuino continued under the name Aquila and released two albums: Say Yeah 2001 and Man With A Mission 2004.
In 2004 the band was free from their contractual obligations towards their Dutch record company and signed a record deal with Frontiers Records.
The first album after their break was Escape released 2005 followed by the album Come Alive 2010.
In 2007 Fred, Ron, Gesuino and two woman: Esther Brouns and Anita Craenmehr got together as Two Of A Kind and released a superb album Two Of A Kind.
End of 2013 the Reinvent Yourself album was written by Fred and recorded and mixed during 2014. During 2014 the band and their record label Frontiers had different views on which direction the album should take. This resulted in Terra Nova moving on with their album without a record company.
In 2015 Terra Nova was signed by Melodic Rock Records for the world and King Records for Japan.
The album Reinvent Yourself is about trying to improve yourself over and over again. It´s a process of finding a better version of yourself. Trying to take it to the highest level.
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TONK – Ruby Voodoo

TONK – Ruby Voodoo

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TONK “Ruby Voodoo” is OUT NOW!

TONK have recorded a fantastic old-school hard rock record with famed producer Nick Didia (Velvet Revolver, Stone Temple Pilots, RATM, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen).
It sounds authentic, because it is authentic!
Tonk hail from Canberra Australia. And like the Aussie legends before them, this hard-rock quintet just want to have a great time delivering their own brand of hard gritty tunes…
Screaming vocals, ripping guitars and bombastic drums leave nothing left for the faint hearted.
You’ll love the experience of course, whether it’s your first time or you are a longstanding Tonkist,
wherever you come across them, when Jinks, Steve, Ben, Matt and Mikey get in a room together, hard rockin’ sparks fly!!!
The music of Tonk may be of the classic ilk, but its unapologetic affection for old-school rock makes it infectious.
Tonk’s debut album, Sister Switchblade was released on November 2007 to worldwide critical acclaim,
scoring the band world-wide radio airplay, a distribution deal with Modern Music/SONY BMG, a US licensing deal (Undercover Tracks), TV syncs and countless articles in local and international online and print media.
In September 2012, Tonk were invited and accepted to be included on a French Aussie compilation CD ‘Rock Des Antipodes’ by French label Bad Reputation, coming in at track 5, alongside the likes of Baby Animals, Jet, The Vines, Airbourne, Masters Apprentices, Dallas Crane and others.
Tonk were also involved in an international furore when it was found that FOX networks ‘How I Met Your Mother’ TV series had recorded and used their song ‘Golden Girl’ without permission on two separate occasions prompting the band to pursue remuneration and correction of the aired broadcast sheets.
Tonk have toured and played alongside: Airbourne, Helmet (USA), The Screaming Jets, Jimmy Barnes, The Casanovas, Shihad, The Poor, Grinspoon, The Angels, Gyroscope, MM9, Karnivool, COG, Sunset Riot, Dead Letter Circus, The Butterfly Effect, Mammal, Full Scale, Hell City Glamours, The Red Coats, INK, King of the North and Karnivool to name drop a few.
In October 2014 we headed up to Studios 301 in Byron Bay to record our 2nd album “Ruby Voodoo” with the honourable Nick Didia (Velvet Revolver, Stone Temple Pilots, RATM, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, etc).
Much like our rock forefathers before us, we tracked the album live using little digital trickery (no click track or auto-tune, etc) adding vocals and guitar noodlery afterwards.
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PLATENS – Out Of The World

PLATENS – Out Of The World

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MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the extension of our working relationship with Violet Sun mastermind Dario Grillo with the signing to the label of his brand new album with melodic progressive rockers Platens.
Platens is a melodic rock project brainchild of Dario Grillo, the Italian multi-instrumentalist.
After 10 years from the Platens’ debut album, Dario is coming back with a brand new album titled “Out Of The World” and a renewed line up:  Dario Grillo – vocals, guitars, keyboards; Riccardo Barbiera – drums; Domiziano Mendolia – bass; Gabriels – Hammond & synth.
“Out Of The World” continues to showcase Dario’s impressive writing skills and knack of working melody and mood into the most complex musical arrangements.
The 11 track, 54 minute album features inspired vocals, top class production and mix, outstanding individual performances from all and some complex, yet easily accessible powerful hard rock music.
The album mixes elements of progressive and symphonic rock, AOR and  melodic rock and is released by MelodicRock Records

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Dario was born in Palermo, Italy in 1979. He learned to play guitar at the age of 6 years studying classical guitar and music theory at “Vincenzo Bellini” conservatory in Palermo. During the high school years he formed, with his brothers Max and Alex, his first hard rock band called Dragon’s Breath. In 1997, Dario joined some great bands as Cherry BombzSqueezy Boyz and Empty Roads.

 

At the same time, he began to study singing, improving his skills thanks to some stages with Elizabeth Sabine [singing-master of Axl Rose, Dave Mustaine, Ron Keel etc.]. In 1998 he joined the well-known power metal band Thy Majestie as lead singer, adapting his voice to the heavier sound of the band.
The original and clear voice of Dario gave to the music of Thy Majestie a melodic feeling melted with the power of heavy metal.  After two albums ["The Lasting Power" and "Hastings 1066"] and one EP ["Echoes of War"], Dario left the band in October 2003 in order to dedicate all his energies to his new project Platens where he played all the instruments.
This new musical adventure saw the light of day on Frontiers Records whose president and A&R director, Serafino Perugino, heard the first demos and was enthusiast with what he heard. The debut album “Between Two Horizons” was released in 2004 and featured a driving melodic hard rock approach very close to the sound of such bands as Fair Warning, Terra Nova and Grand Illusion.
Between 2005 and 2014 Dario has been very busy in his activity as producer, composer and songwriter. He worked with many Italian talented singers and musicians like Katia Miceli (X-Factor 2009 and winner of “Cantagiro 2008”, one of the most important Italian festival), Gianni Bella, Giuseppe Finocchiaro, Lorencè Brahem, Pio Fanale, Riccardo Favara and he took part to some international musical projects (Charming Grace, Caravellus).
At the same time he started the work on his new band called Violet Sun with his brother Alex on drum and the talented singer Alessandra Amata. Together they recorded and produced the debut album “Loneliness In Supremacy “was released in 2010 on Melodic Rock Records.
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Andreas Novak – NoVakation

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ANDREAS NOVAK – “NoVakation”

RELEASE DATE: 2011.

TRACK LISTING: 01 – Highway To Anywhere 02 – I Must Be Mad 03 – Days Of Our Lives 04 – Dare To Believe 05 – Keep This Flame 06 – No Vacation 07 – Part Of Your Plan 08 – A New Hope 09 – Light Years 10 – Mr. Cred 11 – Yesterday”s Rain 12 – 2009

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Sound Of Eternity – Visions & Dreams

Sound Of Eternity – Visions & Dreams

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Brand New Video Released! “Broken Heart”

 

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Visions & Dreams, the debut album from Spanish melodic hard rock band Sound Of Eternity, to be released via MelodicRock Records.

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Sound of Eternity is a female fronted melodic rock band formed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in 2013 by Jean Funes (Guitars) and Beatriz Aranda, the lead vocals from Cordoba, Spain. Its background comes from the band “Codigo Eterno”, which makes melodic rock in Spanish since 2004, and was formed by guitarist Jean Funes. The debut album “Visions & Dreams” is filled with passionate songs inspired by melodic rock acts like Def leppard, White Heart and Petra, also modern rock bands like Skillet, Anberlin and Fireflight.

It was mixed and mastered by Erik Martensson (W.E.T., Eclipse, Jimi Jamison), who plays bass and keyboards on the album. Also with Andreas Passmark (Narnia, Rob Rock, Work of Art) on bass, as a guest studio musician. The cover artwork is made by Carl Andre Beckston (Monowasp) and booklet design by Nello Dell’Omo from Art For Music.

Sound Of Eternity is: Beatriz Aranda – Vocals and BGV, acoustic Guitars; Jean Funes – Electric Guitars; Rui Prado – Drums / Guest Studio Musicians: Erik Martensson – Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals; Andreas Passmark – Bass.

 

The track listing (with samples) for Visions & Dreams is:

01) Visions & Dreams 

02) Call To Action 

03) Running To You 

04) Broken Heart 

05) Reason To Live 

06) Alpha & Omega

07) My Saviour 

08) Eternal Love 

09) Forever 

10) Universe.

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