Kirk - Masquerade

Swiss melodic metallers Kirk will release their sophomore studio album, “Masquerade“, procduced by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Unisonic, Eden’s Curse), on March 7 via Mausoleum Records.

In 2010 Kirk got together again, with drummer Philipp Eichenberger from Legenda Aurea, to replace Vito Cecere. Drawing from a decade of honed skills and experience garnered as members of various internationally successful recording and touring outfits, Kirk rapidly morphed into a powerful melodic hard rocking monster. The writing came easy also, melodies flowed, riffs crunched and about a year later Kirk were ready, willing and able to enter the studio to record a brand-new album. They solicited the expert guidance of Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Unisonic, Khymera), also the producer of Angra, Eden’s Curse, Godiva, Krokus, and countless more, including Kirk‘s debut album “The Final Dance“, over a decade ago. The resulting album, entitled “Masquerade” will be released worldwide on the legendary heavy metal label Mausoleum Records.

Track Listing
01. Devil’s Claw
02. Supersonic Speed
03. Masquerade
04. Eternity
05. Fight Or Die Music
06. Nothing Else But Lies
07. Time
08. Tragedy
09. Face In The Crowd
10. The End Of The Universe
11. Fallen Angel

Kirk are:

Thomi Rauch – Vocals (Decent Disaster)
Sammy Lasagni – Guitars (Godiva, Granit)
Daniel Pfister – Bass
Bruno Berger – Keyboards (In Your Face)
Philipp Eichenberger – Drums (Legenda Aurea)

Kirk to tour this March with The Poodles

14.03. Milano – Blue Rose Bresso
15.03. Torino – Audiodrome
16.03. Nürnberg – Rockfabrik
17.03. Pratteln – Z7
18.03. Augsburg – Spektrum
20.03. Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
21.03. Obermarchtal – Kreuz
22.03. Oberhausen – Helvete
23.03. München – Garage

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Europe Wings Over Sweden

Europe will be performing their “Wings Of Tomorrow” album Live on the Swedish tour this March! They will perform the album in its entirety, plus some new songs and other Europe hits! Don’t miss this rare and unique opportunity to hear these killer tracks played live! Here’s a message from Joey:

“Wings of Tomorrow is one of our most liked albums and we are very exited to perform it Live together with some new songs and the hits! This band has never done anything like this before and this will most likely be a once in a lifetime event. Wings of Tomorrow opened the doors to the world for us. We got our record deal with CBS epic in New York based on this record. We have often been approached by both rock and metal bands who have claimed that this record really inspired and influenced them.

It will be an honour to revisit and perform this record in its entirety.

Holy Underwear!!! This will be exiting!”

Joey / Europe

 

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Red Dragon Cartel

Former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist, Jake E. Lee is pleased to announce June 2014 UK tour dates for his new band Red Dragon Cartel. The UK tour follows Red Dragon Cartel’s critically acclaimed, eponymous debut album, released by Frontiers Records on January 27th.

The UK tour includes London’s O2 Academy Islington (June 6), Nottingham Rescue Rooms (June 7), Wolverhampton Slade Rooms (June 8), Glasgow Classic Grand (June 10) and Newcastle O2 Academy 2 (June 11).  Special guests on all UK dates include Syron Vanes and Jupiter Falls.

Red Dragon Cartel will also play Download Festival on Sunday June 15th.

A special 24 hour ticket pre-sale for the Red Dragon Cartel UK tour dates will kick off on Planet Rock from 9am on Thursday January 30th. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public on Friday January 31st via www.seetickets.com or directly from the venues.

The band’s new single “Deceived” will be released in the UK on Monday February 10th.

Reason

 

Skyfire PR have released the following news –

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Skyfire are proud to present the latest signing to our roster prog rock sensations Reason. Formed in 2009 by Chris Gyngell and Paul Mace. The bands main focus is to bring together the greatest elements of hard and progressive rock and metal into a new medium of powerful and expansive songs.

The Debut album in 2011 through Alienation Records entitled “The Darkest Star” received much critical acclaim with Fireworks Magazine’s Duncan Jamieson stating that “ Reason’s rock and metal influences combine to offer something fresh. They are a new voice in British prog and it looks like Reason’s Darkest Star is rising

http://www.reverbnation.com/reasonuk/song/12555540-rise-beau-hill-remix

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Crimson Blue

Russian Nu-art metal band Crimson Blue released their new pre-album single ‘Third Eye Close’ from the forthcoming 2nd album that will be released in summer 2014.

Crimson Blue is a Moscow metal band that was formed in 2000 by the singer and keyboard player Dominica “Dani” Hellstrom and guitarist Iggy Hans. The band released their debut album “Innocence” in 2011 on the Russian label “M2BA”.

 

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International power prog metal band Blackwelder signs worldwide management deal with Germany’s Rock’N’Growl Management. Hailing from the four corners of the world, Blackwelder is a brand new metal experience featuring some of the top names in Power Prog Metal today. Arguably the best singer in all of metal, Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray) fronts this extraordinary outfit at the top of his game, alongside guitar virtuoso Andrew Szus (Seven Seraphim). Bjorn Englen (Dio Disciples, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and Aquiles Priester (Hangar, ex-Angra) round out this unstoppable team of what quite possibly could be one of the greatest lineups metal has ever seen.

Blackwelder began as the long-awaited follow up to Seven Seraphim’s “Believe in Angels“. Bit by bit, as the songs materialized, it became evident to mainman Andrew Szucs that this music should carry the banner of a new musical entity, emerging from a richer, darker source thus, Blackwelder was born.

Andrew began this musical journey alone, however, once he completed the framework for all of the songs, the band members began to fall into place like pieces of a puzzle.

Bjorn Englen was the first to climb aboard, expertly adding his bass lines to the songs. Bjorn would later go on tour with Tony MacAlpine alongside drummer Aquiles Priester, after which, it seemed only natural to keep this rhythm section in tact for Blackwelder.

Once Andrew’s guitars were recorded, it became evident that a true powerhouse vocalist was needed to carry these songs to completion. Not just any voice would do.Blackwelder would need the stratospheric vocal stylings characterized by the rich tradition of European heavy metal, and who better to do that than the voice of Primal Fear: Ralf Scheepers. Like a dragon with its fire, Ralf’s voice and lyrical themes are a natural fit to the songs of Blackwelder; blending and contrasting with the Marshall-based guitar tones in perfect harmony.

Topping off this powerful lineup is the unparalleled drumming of Aquiles Priester. Andrew and Aquiles agreed to finish the songs with Aquiles’ unique pyrotechnic display of progressive metal drumming techniques and what a display it is.

Blackwelder is a winning formula of raw musical virtuosity that holds the listener’s ears right from the start. This act is surely not one to be missed and cannot be denied!

Blackwelder are:

Ralf Scheepers – Vocals (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray)
Andrew Szucs – Guitar (Seven Seraphim)
Bjorn Englen – Bass (Dio Disciples, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen)
Aquiles Priester – Drums (Hangar, ex-Angra)

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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.