Soul Secret Sign To Pride & Joy Music; New Album ‘Babel’

Pride & Joy Music is delighted to announce the signing of Italian Progressive Metal band Soul Secret for the release of their fourth album ‘Babel‘ which will be released on July 28th, 2017. Songs from this record will premiere live in Germany at the band’s opening performance for this year’s Night Of The Prog Festival at the Loreley on July 14th, opening for none other than Mike Portnoy.

Soul Secret are an Italian progressive metal band based in Naples. After a long time playing together, they hit the market in 2008 with their debut album ‘Flowing Portraits‘, published by ProgRock Records and with Mark Basile (DGM) as guest singer on the whole album. This album was highly praised by the critics and let them play on stage together with bands like Pendragon, Vanden Plas and Subsignal. After three years the band published ‘Closer To Daylight‘ under Galileo Records, a heavier album featuring Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie Band) on “River’s Edge” and Arno Menses on the acclaimed 16+ minutes suite “Aftermath”. After playing together again with Subsignal and Vanden Plas, the band decided to change the singer and to start working on a new album. While writing it, they played together with Haken and Neal Morse Band. Their third release, called “4”, was their first concept album and released on April 10th 2015 (October 4th in USA) by GoldenCore Records and distributed by Zyx Music.

Their new album, titled  ‘Babel‘, will be released by Pride & Joy Music on July 28th 2017 and will be previewed at Night Of The Prog, opening Mike Portnoy’s show.  ‘Babel‘ is a concept album, covering topics like religion and love and ranging from classic progressive rock to more modern progressive metal, with influences from djent, electronic and latin music. The artwork was completely designed by Thomas Ewerhard and the mix handled by Alex Argento (Virgil Donati, Marco Sfogli).


Claudio Casaburi (Bass)

Luca Di Gennaro (Keyboards)

Lino Di Pietrantonio (Vocals)

Antonio Mocerino (Drums)

Antonio Vittozzi (Guitars)

Official Website



Badge Sign to Pride & Joy Music; New Album ‘If It Hurts It Must Be Good’ Released July 28th

Pride & Joy Music is delighted to announce the signing of Swedish Hard Blues Rock band Badge for the release of their third album ‘If It Hurts It Must Be Good‘. The release was set to July 28th, 2017

Badge was put together by guitarist/singer Matti Norlin and drummer Fredrik Haake in 2002. Matti´s love for Pre War Blues and both their ambition to create new and exciting music is the drive.

Since then Badge has released two albums ‘Kill Another Fuzz‘ in 2010 and ‘If I Could Love I’d Love This‘ in 2013.  Their new album ‘If It Hurts It Must Be Good‘ will be available via Pride & Joy Music from July 28th, 2017.

With focus on energy, new paths and groove, but always to serve the song, Badge has been breaking new ground ever since. Even though they started out with the old Blues in mind, they never thought about themselves as a Blues band. Rather a band that makes it’s own mark with many influences.

In 2013 Badge was picked to represent Sweden in the European Blues Challenge. In 2014 Matti Norlin and Fredrik Haake got a composer-scholarship from SKAP (Swedish Society of song-writers) for the music of BADGE, and the video for the track ‘If I Could Love This‘ reached over 135.000 views on YouTube.

With the new album ‘If It Hurts It Must Be Good‘, they have really come a long way as far as songwriting and getting a unique sound on print! The first advance single from the album, ‘Break Down‘, was picked by Swedish national radio as one of the top 30 songs of Rock in 2015!

*Matti Norlin has released four solo albums: Pre War Blues (1995), Kitchen Sink Blues (1998), Sliding Out (2002) and  LIVE – Blues Three Floors Up (2010). Matti has established himself as a great blues artist and is one of the most perceptive interpreters of early Scandinavian “Pre War Blues”. He has also appeared on records with Sam Mitchell (ex-Rod Stewart’s band), Nicolai Dunger and Tony & The Bitters (interpretations of the Swedish death metal band Dismember).

*Fredrik Haake has previously played with New York band God is my co-pilot as he made several tours with, both in Europe and the U.S. Fredrik was involved in two of the band’s CDs. He also starred in his New York period in Jim Sclavunos (from Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds) new band The Vanity Set and recorded an album with Roger Manning. Fredrik has also been featured in Sideburn, Moa and Swedish-American heavy metal band Meldrum who toured with: Motorhead, Zakk Wylde Black Label Society, Sepultura, Danzig, and Nashville Pussy. 

*Lennart “Z” Zethzon is featured in Swedish Classic rock band “Lugnet” who released their debut last year. He also appears on two albums with Clifftones. In -98 Lennart put down the bass for Leda Battisti’s self title release, featuring Grammy Award winner Ottmar Liebert.




Kenny Wayne Shepherd Releases Official Video For ‘Baby Got Gone’


Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the KWS Band have released an Official video for ‘Baby Got Gone‘ taken from the upcoming new album ‘Lay It On Down‘.

The album is out July 21 on Provogue Records in Europe and August 4 on Concord Records in North America and the rest of the world. Recorded at Echophone Studios in Kenny’s hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana and produced by Kenny and Marshall Altman, the album was largely recorded live in the studio to analog tape.
The KWS Band on ‘Lay It Down‘ features his long-time lead vocalist Noah Hunt, the rhythm section from Kenny’s supergroup side project The Rides, Chris Layton (drums) and Kevin McCormick (bass), and keyboardist Jimmy McGorman.

A very limited number of signed CD’s are available now. Click the link below for yours.

Order N. America

Order Europe

Kenny Wayne Shepherd / RPR Media UK©

RPR Media UK©

Official Website



Bad Touch Support The Kentucky Headhunters On October UK Tour

Following their recent UK tour supporting King King, and their Planet Rock Roadstars UK tour with Broken Witt Rebels, Bad Touch are pleased to announce they will support the Kentucky Headhunters on their October 2017 On Safari UK Tour.

This marks the second time that Bad Touch will tour the UK supporting The Headhunters (they first toured with them in the UK in July 2016). Both bands got on so well last time, they decided to do it again.

Says Richard Young, the guitarist and vocalist for The Kentucky Headhunters – “We first met Bad Touch when they were chosen as our support act after my son John Fred’s young band, Black Stone Cherry, convinced us to do our first-ever UK tour in 2016. In a mere week of touring, the Headhunter’s and Bad Touch became like a band of brothers. There is a certain charm and charisma between the two bands that transcends to the fans of both bands, on stage and off. We’re proud to announce their return for this year’s October UK dates. Simply put, it wouldn’t be the same without them.

Grammy award-winners, the Kentucky Headhunters, according to the RIAA, have sold over 11 million albums worldwide, will perform tracks from their latest album ‘On Safari‘. Rich in southern rock, the Headhunters’ new album tips the hat to family and the southern way of life in the USA.

Bad Touch’s album ‘Truth Be Told‘, recorded at Mwnci Studios in Wales, features the single 99%, remixed for radio by the legendary Rolling Stones engineer and co-producer, Chris Kimsey.

The Kentucky Headhunters ‘On Safari’ October 2017 UK Tour

With Special Guests Bad Touch

Tickets: See Tickets, Alt Tickets & Ticket Web

Bilston, Robin 2                                  Monday 2 October
Nottingham, Rescue Rooms              Tuesday 3 October
Sheffield, Local Authority                 Thursday 5 October
Norwich, Waterfront                         Friday 6 October
London, Boston Music Rooms                      Saturday 7 October
Manchester, Club Academy              Sunday 8 October
Newcastle, Cluny                               Monday 9 October
Glasgow, O2 ABC2                             Tuesday 10 October

Orden Ogan Premieres ‘Gunman’ From Upcoming Album ‘Gunmen’

Power metal band Orden Ogan premieres the first single/video ‘Gunman‘ taken from the upcoming album ‘Gunmen

The group’s new music video was once again directed by Rainer ‘Zipp’ Fränzen, who works with the band since 2012’s ‘To The End’ album and its video releases ‘The Things We Believe In’ and ‘Land Of The Dead’.

“The creation of the Gunman clip was once again real team work”, band leader Seeb Levermann states. “The new Orden Ogan album Gunmen is set in a dark fantasy Wild West environment, so obviously we had to go to Monument Valley (Utah) to shoot there. There is no other place in the world that is more ‘Wild West’. We shot at the classic Monument Valley scenery as well as at the famous John Ford’s Point”
The second extensive part of filming took place in Germany, but also here the band tried something new. “A Western city in an adventure park proved to be the perfect location”, Seeb smiles. “Things came full circle here, because we’ve also recorded the drums for ‘Gunman’ there – to be more specific – in the Western Saloon of the Fort Fun adventure park. We wanted to have this huge 80’s snare ambience that you can only get from big rooms. When the Wild West concept took form, we learned about the Saloon (in Fort Fun), did some test recordings there and were totally blown away. The hall sounds amazing and ‘Gunmen’ may be my best sounding mix so far.”

The ‘Gunmen’ album consists of 10 songs, incl. a guest appearance by former Leaves’ Eyes/Theatre Of Tragedy vocalist Liv Kristine on the track ‘Come With Me To The Other Side’.
Gunmen’ was once again produced by the band’s guitarist/vocalist Seeb Levermann, who just recently has also completed mix & mastering of the upcoming Rhapsody Of Fire release ‘Legendary Years’.

With their previous studio album ‘Ravenhead‘ released in 2015, Orden Ogan toured Europe supporting HammerFall and later Powerwolf too. ‘Ravenhead‘ became a chart success in several European countries, with #16 in the German chart marking their all-time best result. Now ‘Gunmen‘ continues the band’s track record, combining classic Teutonic metal with a modern production on international top level. All this results in 10 metal hymns for eternity!

Pre-order ‘Gunmen‘ album Here

Line up:

Seeb Levermann – vocals, guitars

Dirk Meye – drums

Tobin Kersting – guitars

Niels Loffler – bass

AFM Records have now announced the full limited edition Gunmen‘ box set: yes, it’s a COFFIN! Well, a coffin shaped box, to be more precise containing:

– Ltd. Digipak of the new record ‘Gunmen’ (including “live at Wacken Open Air 2016 DVD)
– “Alister Vale figure (ca. 15 cm tall)
– Orden Ogan Dollar*
– signed autograph card
– certificate of authenticity
This box set is limited to 900 units.

You can order Here

There is a strictly limited version of the box set as well (the limited limited special edition!), the PERSONALIZED version! Limited to 100 units only. You can have YOUR name printed on the outside of the coffin! This upgrade option is available in the AFM shop only.

So in addition to the box set you need to purchase the “upgrade“, if you want your name printed on the outside of the coffin. The regular coffin version will have “Alister Vale” printed as name.

You can find all ‘Gunmen‘ products (and also tickets for the release shows – which come with a free Live CD) listed Here

Official Website


H.E.A.T Announce Release Of New Studio Album In September

Swedish melodic hard rock band H.E.A.T have announced via their Facebook page that their new studio album will be released in September.

The band are also playing some gigs in their native Sweden:

October 25, 2017 — Trädgärn — Göteborg, Sweden
October 26, 2017 — KB – Malmö, Sweden
October 27,2017 — Rocktober Fest – Stickholm, Sweden

Line up:

Vocals: Erik Grönwall
Guitars: Dave Dalone
Keyboards: Jona Tee
Bass: Jimmy Jay
Drums: Crash

Official Website




Reach ‘The Great Divine’ Album Announced, New Power Trio Line-Up

Swedish hard rockers Reach are back – now as a power trio with a brand new album just recorded and mixed. The album has been produced by Jona Tee (H.E.A.T), and Tobias Lindell (EuropeAvatar, etc.) mixed the album. With a modern sound and strong melodies showcasing the bands abilities this new album called ‘The Great Divine‘ will take the listeners by storm. Reach‘s new album is due for release in 2017.

The new material consists of ten songs written by singer and guitar player Ludvig Turner ranging from the heavy opening track ‘Into Tomorrow‘, the spooky ‘Nightmare‘ and the modern and catchy ‘Running On Empty‘ to the radio friendly ‘One Life‘. More titles and album cover revealed in near future.


Marcus Johansson (Drums)
Ludvig Turner (Guitars & Vocals)
Soufian Ma’Aoui (Bass)

Official Website


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