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!
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)
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!
Tommy La Verdi – lead vocals
Josh Ramos – guitars
Michael Shotton — drums, backing vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio keyboards, hammond organ, backing vocals
Nicola Mazzucconi bass, fretless bass
Anna Portalupi bass, fretless bass
Jamie Browne bass
The original line up from 1987 –
Lenny Wolf (vocals)
Danny Stag (guitar)
Rick Steier (guitar)
Johnny B. Frank (bass)
James Kottak (drums).
Tour dates will follow!
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
Thomsen’s new studio album ‘Unbroken’ is released May 23rd and features an impressive list of guests, U. D. O., Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Fair Warning, Rage, Sinner, Halford, Sebastian Bach and Fates Warning.
Teaser track available here
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.
‘Hail The Fallen’
‘The Lord Of Chaos’
‘Dreamers On Trial’
‘Dogs On Holy Ground’