Pretty Maids

Pretty Maids, “Louder Than Ever” – a collection of new songs and re-recorded tracks selected from past albums, coming out on March 21. The Danish melodic hard rockers are serving the fans with an album which includes eight re-recorded classic songs from the 1995 – 2006 era, plus four brand new songs specially written for this record and a special bonus DVD including archive footage from the 80’s, brand new interviews and plenty of cool material for the fans.

There were two main reasons for us to do this Album,” explains singer Ronnie Atkins. “First of all we wanted to keep the ball in spin and release some kind of an ‘in between’ album before the next ‘real’ studio album. Then we were curious to hear how some of the older songs would sound like with the band line up we have today and in the hands of our current producer Jacob Hansen.

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of L.R.S. debut album “Down to the Core” on March 21st in Europe and March 25th in North America.

L.R.S. stands for the new Melodic Rock musical alliance between singer Tommy La Verdi (21 Guns), guitarist Josh Ramos (The Storm, Hardline) and drummer Michael Shotton (Von Groove, Airtime). Started initially as a way to bring back to the public the amazing vocal talent of Tommy LaVerdi, a singer which came to the attention of the fans on the fabulous 21 Guns debut album “Salute” in 1992, the whole project morphed into a power band trio when two other well known musicians: guitar player Josh Ramos and drummer Michael Shotton were brought into the picture by the album producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline).

The writing sessions were fast and steady, with Del Vecchio managing all contributions from the band members — who lived in different places – and offering a number of his own writings and co-writings to the band, which was anyway able to develop a distinctive Melodic Rock sound in the tradition of Journey / The Storm, with hints of Canadian AOR – think mid 80’s Triumph. Recording sessions happened for the most part in Somma Lombardo, Italy during the spring of 2013, with the musicians getting along extremely well and creating a spontaneous camaraderie which contributed a lot to the success of the sessions.

“I respected a lot both Josh and Michael before starting the album and it was actually very sad to leave each other after we finished recording and filming the videos” said Tommy La Verdi, while Michael Shotton added “It was like we had been playing in a band for years!”. “I had the opportunity to try different styles and moods and incorporate elements of my past musical experiences in The Storm and Hardline — I was very glad to be involved in this”, concludes Josh Ramos.

The resulting album” Down to the Core” is now finally ready to be unleashed to the public. With soaring vocals from LaVerdi, a superb vocalist who comes back into the well deserved spotlight and some exquisite guitar playing from Ramos, this is an album not to be missed and an AOR highlight for early 2014!

L.R.S.
Tommy La Verdi – lead vocals
Josh Ramos – guitars
Michael Shotton — drums, backing vocals

With:
Alessandro Del Vecchio keyboards, hammond organ, backing vocals
Nicola Mazzucconi bass, fretless bass
Anna Portalupi bass, fretless bass
Jamie Browne bass

H.E.A.T.

H.E.A.T release a new album and hit the road.

“What can you say about H.E.A.T? If you don’t like these energetic Swedes you must be dead inside, as this year they’ve shown the UK crowd how to be the most complete band on the planet.” – Classic Rock

The 9th of April H.E.A.T will be back with the new album “Tearing down the walls”. Once again they decided to move to Bohus studio with the producer Tobias Lindell to follow up the success of “Address The Nation” 2012.
First single ”A Shot At Redemption” will be released the 12th of February together with a couple of bonus tracks.

They have toured all over the world, and built a reputation of being a fantastic live act and the leading young band in the melodic rock genre. A tour is booked and more shows will be added.

7/3 Palacio Vistalegre, Support /Scorpions, Madrid
11/4 Big Bang Rockklubb, Borås
12/4 Bruket, Varberg
18/4 Sticky Fingers, Göteborg
25/4 KB, Malmö
30/4 Idunteatern, Umeå
2/5 Kulturens hus, Luleå
3/5 Stockholm Waterfront, Stockholm
24/5 Leknes Ungdomshus Lofoten, Norge
30/5 Backstage Rockclub @ Livingroom, Sandviken
31/5 Backstage Rockbar, Trollhättan
14/6 Rock on the Docks, Örnsköldsvik
4/10 Melodic Rock Fest, Chicago
24/10 Firefest, UK

 

Desert

Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray) makes an appearance on Desert’s upcoming album as guest vocalist.
The statement from Desert: Horns up, Warriors! Now we can officially confirm, that one of the special guests on our upcoming album will be the one and only – Mr. Ralf Scheepers ! The legendary voice of Primal Fear, Gamma Ray and Tyran’ Pace.
Ralf Scheepers
Ralf kindly agreed to contribute his voice to one of the songs on our new record. We are still excited, that one of the best Metal singers in the world, who’s voice built our musical taste something like for 20 years, had sang one of the most killing and powerful songs we ever wrote !!! We have no patience to show you the results of this collaboration! Stay tuned for more breaking news \m/

Killer

Swedish metallers Crystal Eyes have signed a deal with Massacre Records. Their new album, Killer, will be released later in the spring. The cover artwork was done by Jan Yrlund while mixing and mastering was handled by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman.

Killer tracklisting:
‘Killer’
‘Warrior’
‘Hail The Fallen’
‘Solar Mariner’
‘Forgotten Realms’
‘Spotlight Rebel’
‘The Lord Of Chaos’
‘Dreamers On Trial’
‘Dogs On Holy Ground’

https://www.facebook.com/crystaleyessweden

Cloudscape

Swedish Progressive Power Metallers Cloudscape announce a 15 show tour across Europe between February 22 and March 13, together with legendary Royal Hunt.

Following on from the fantastic reception of their latest album “New Era”, released on Dead End Exit Records (A division of RoastingHouse), Cloudscape hits the road to promote themselves and their forthcoming fifth studio album.

Since the formation, Cloudscape have gone on to play at renowned festivals such as ProgPower Europe, Sweden Rock Festival , ProgPower UK, and Bloodstock Open Air.

The release of Cloudscape’s forthcoming album is planned to May/June 2014, and during the tour, the fans will also be able to lay their hands on a limited tour album!

Tourdates:

22.02. Sweden, Helsingborg, The Tivoli

23.02. Denmark, Copenhagen, Amager Bio

25.02. Belgium, Verviers, Spirit of 66

27.02. Spain, Barcelona, Sala Bikini

28.02. Spain, Madrid, Sala Lemon

01.03. Spain, San Sebastian, C.C. Intxaurrondo

02.03. Spain, Zaragoza, Sala Lopez

04.03. Germany, Bremen, Meisenfrei Blues Club

05.03. UK, London, The Underworld

06.03. UK, Sheffield, Corporation

07.03. Netherlands, Uden, De Pule

08.03. Germany, Burgrieden, Riffelhof

09.03. Switzerland, Uster, Star Club

11.03. Italy, Brescia, Circolo Colony

12.03. Slovakia, Bratislava, Club Randal

13.03. Hungary, Budapest, A38

Cloudscape Line-Up: Mike Andersson : Lead vocals, Patrik Svard : Guitars, Stefan Rosqvist : Guitars,  Hakan Nyander : Bass, Fredrik Joakimsson : Drums

Cloudscape Discography: Cloudscape (2004), Crimson Skies (2006), Global Drama (2008), New Era (2012)

Cloudscape links:

www.cloudscape.se

www.facebook.com/cloudscapesweden