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State Of Rock Return In Late 2018 With New Album

The meeting of minds in Nurnberg; Germany in 2009, through the brainstorm of Georg Siegl of AOR Heaven Records, sported an album, ‘Point of Destiny’, recorded and written by four European musicians; three from Germany and an English vocalist. Georg’s passion for Frontline guitarist, Robby Boebel to record again brought forth an album with Hutch Bauer on bass, Ramy Ali on the kit and Tony Mills (ex-SHY, TNT) on vocals.

The result was a melodic but very tough sounding album with solid production and songs that demanded a replay.

2017/18, sees a return to new recordings, by State of Rock , now split between the UK with Pete Newdeck on drums and Mills being Sweden based, co-writing with Boebel for a second release. Robby Boebel comments: “It’s something really special to record an album with someone which I only knew from TV before. We’ve now been friends since many years and I’m really looking forward to record another album and live dates in late 2018 with Tony.

With the promise of German festival appearances in late 2018, an autumn release guided by video and radio promo will give us a clearer picture of the, State of Rock by December next year.

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Review – Midnite City – Midnite City

Review: Midnite City – Midnite City

AOR Heaven (Oct 20th 2017)

Reviewer: Stephen Brophy 

While continuing as frontman of Welsh Legends Tigertailz, and with Teenage Casket Company off the horizon, Rob Wylde decided to put together a new Melodic Rock project, falling under the moniker of Midnite City and bringing together some excellent musicians including none other than Pete Newdeck (Drums as well as handling production duties).

This self-titled debut is a collection of eleven classy Melodic Rock tracks with that classic vibe, and often when bands attempt to do this it comes off as just a copycat type of thing, and it often doesn’t work, but this album sounds just right and fresh straight off the bat.

The first thing you notice right the way through is probably the clarity, from the laden keyboards, the very solid guitar, the tightly knitted rhythm section and the power of Rob’s vocals, they don’t sound like disparate elements at all, and there’s a terrific flow to this album, without making everything sound the same. There are songs here that will be crowd pleasers live, even on first listen the closing track ‘Think About You‘ had that big sound in the chorus and you could almost hear people singing along already and it’s not alone, you get the impression that this album was created with crowd interaction somewhere in the mind of the band.

The songs are like melodic rock velvet, not in any way sickly sweet, but just damn smooth. The standouts are probably the first single ‘Summer Of Our Lives‘, ‘Nothing’s Like Losing You‘ and ‘Last Beat Of My Heart‘ which provide a ridiculously good triple threat, having lived with this album for a while now there are certain tracks that I just keep coming back to and these along with the closing track “Think About You” are striking me the most, but it us just a damn strong album, great work from Rob and Pete in particular, but everyone plays their part in creating a terrific album.

Something else that Pete Newdeck adds to any band he’s been involved with is superb backing vocals, that distinctive voice just lifts something especially on tracks like ‘Things She Said‘ which oddly enough to me has a feel of classic Harem Scarem about it to begin with, and of course that is no bad thing, but this album is no homage it’s strength lies in what is done well and that’s the sound and the delivery. When the lists of Top Melodic Rock albums for 2017 are drawn up there’s no doubt that this one is going to be getting a number of votes, a new name on the scene and hopefully one that will be around for a long time, this album is being released on 20th October with a launch show in Nottingham right before the Rockingham Festival, can’t wait to hear these songs live.

 

 


Swedish Melodic Rock Group Wildness To Release Debut Album On November 24th

The idea behind Wildness began to grow in the summer of 2013 when the first songs were written. With main focus on heavy guitars, wide keyboards, big drums, melodies and hooks the shape of something new and exciting began to emerge. At this point, Wildness was more of a studio project and originally founded by drummer and songwriter Erik Modin while the guitar players Pontus Sköld and Adam Holmström were in to share the lead guitar parts early on.
The search for the right lead singer wasn’t easy as pie, but after a few months their destiny crossed with the unbelivable vocal talent Gabriel Lindmark in early 2014. More songwritings and demos recording came along, and it didn’t take long until it was clear that Wildness deserved to be a real band.
On September 1st 2015, Wildness independently released their self-produced debut single ‘Collide‘ which immediately gained a lot of spins at various digital platforms such as a number of online radio stations focused on AOR and Melodic Rock. Live performances that followed showed that the band was capable to  deliver on stage as well.

The second single ”Turning The Pages” was released on January 14th 2016, and shortly after that Wildness was approached by Georg Siegl by German record label AOR Heaven. The contact resulted in a record deal which allowed the band to finally begin the launch of their first full-length album.
The choice for the producer fell on the creative and productive mastermind Erik Wigelius (Wigelius, Care Of Night) and the pre-production and recordings took place between during 2016 and 2017. The main part of the record was recorded at Erik Wigelius’ studio, besides additional parts recorded by drummer and co-producer Erik Modin.
The two previous singles ”Collide” and ”Turning The Pages” were re-recorded for the album. The mixing and mastering was handled by Erik Wigelius, who really knows how to take the 80’s-influenced sounds at put them in the 21th century!

Sound clips in advance:

Wildness – Alibi (Edit)

Wildness – Collide (Edit)

Wildness – War Inside My Head (Edit)

Despite their short career, Wildness have already shared stages with well established acts in the scene like White Widdow and Dynazty.

Releases: Collide – Digital single (September 1th, 2015) ; Turning The Pages – Digital single (January 14th, 2016)

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Dante Fox Return With Their 6th Album ‘Six String Revolver’

Dante Fox return with their 6th album ‘Six String Revolver‘. The album will be released on November 24th on AOR Heaven (UK & Europe).

It sees the band revolve and pay homage to their most popular songs from their first two albums from the mid to late Nineties. These are some of the songs that have enabled Dante Fox to evolve over time they have been re-recorded with love,respect, precision and an excellent state of the art modern production from Sheena Sear & Mark Stuart at M2 Studio’s . There are new arrangements and totally new musical sections added to long term favourites such as ‘Lost And Lonely Heart‘ and ‘How Do We Learn About Love‘ which have taken the songs to a new level.

The album has been recorded with help from our good friend and Keyboard maestro Eric Ragno , Nigel Bailey ( backing vocals) and on five tracks pulled from the original recordings Tony Mills( Backing Vocals) It has been a joy and we hope to carry on with these great talents for our seventh album in 2018.
Six String Revolver Cover photography by Paul Stuart – Hollingsworth and sleeve design / artwork Carl Beckston

Dante Fox – Firing My Heart (Edit)

Dante Fox – Lonely (Edit)

Dante Fox – Still Remember Love (Edit)

Tracklist:
Firing My Heart
Lonely
Under The City Lights
A Matter Of Time
Still Remember Love
Remember My Name
Lost And Lonely Heart
I Can’t Sleep
All That I Need
How Do We Learn About Love
All That I Need (Acoustic ) Bonus Track

Line-up

Sue Willetts – Lead Vocals
Tim Manford – Guitar and Vocals
Alan Mills – Bass and vocals
Eric Ragno – Keyboards

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Code Red – Incendiary Will be Released October 20th

Lead singer Ulrick Lönnqvist initially started out with the band Sahara who released a self-titled album in 2001 on AOR Heaven. Since then he has mainly been working as a song-writer and co-writer for different bands all around Sweden, i.e. with Hal Marabel (Bad Habit), Morgan Jensen (Swedish Erotica), Jake E (Amaranthe), Michael Palace (Palace) and Andreas Gullstrand (Creye) to name a few. So the seed to the new project and band Code Red was planted many years ago in fact, when colleagues and partners became close friends.

During 2016 while Lönnqvist was co-writing songs for the new albums with Jim Jidhed, Creye, Mad Invasion and Find Me, producer Daniel Flores (The Murder Of My Sweet, Find Me) approached to him and suggested that he really should record an album of his own. It was never Lönnqvist’s ambition to be a solo artist, but Flores convinced him and wanted to produce the album. The singer teamed up with co-writers Morgan Jensen (Swedish Erotica) and Michael Palace (Palace, Big Time), and along with lead guitarist Oscar Bromvall (Palace, Erika) and keyboard player Kaspar Dahlqvist (Shadowquest, Dionysus) the line-up was complete. Code Red was born.

It felt like a natural step to approach Georg Siegl at AOR Heaven, and he believed in the songs and Code Red right from the start. The band recorded their debut album during the spring of 2017 at Sound vs. Science in Stockholm under the direction of producer Daniel Flores and Ulrick Lönnqvist. It was a pure labor of love, resulting in the melodic rock album titled ‘Incendiary‘.

Cover design and artwork by Ken Sandin, SinProd. Photography: Anders Fästader, Trailermade Productions. For any further info and news. Visit AOR Heaven’s website: www.metalheaven.net, or Code Red Sweden on Facebook.

Sound clips in advance:

Code Red – Eternal Pretender (Edit)

Code Red – I  Won’t Be Your Hero (Edit)

Code Red – Lift Me Up (Edit)

Line-up

Ulrick Lönnqvist – Lead and backing vocals, Acoustic guitars

Morgan Jensen – Electric guitars

Oscar Bromvall – Lead guitars

Michael Palace – Bass and backing vocals

Kaspar Dahlqvist – Keyboards

Daniel Flores – Drums

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Midnite City’s Self Titled Album To Be Released October 20th

Midnite City were formed in January 2017 by current Tigertailz front-man Steevi Jaimz and Teenage Casket Company member and songwriter) Rob Wylde.

Armed with an album’s worth of material written under the working title of Midnite City, Wylde approached friend Pete Newdeck (Newman/ Eden’s Curse, Blood Red Saints, Neon Strip) to produce three songs for him to shop to record labels.

Wylde sang, played guitar and bass on the recordings whilst Newdeck played drums, provided backing vocals and took care of the production. Wylde also brought in newcomer guitarist Miles Meakin who played  guitar solos on the recordings and former band mate James Martin (Vega) who laid down keyboards on the tracks. After being mixed by Newdeck, the songs were sent to Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) who mastered them at his studio in Canada.

The songs ‘Nothing’s Like Losing You‘, ‘Summer Of Our Lives‘ and ‘Think About You‘ were then sent out to labels and garnered considerable interest across the board, resulting in a deal being inked with German label AOR Heaven.

With a record deal in place, Newdeck officially joined the band as drummer in the Spring of 2017, alongside Miles Meakin on guitar and Shawn Charvette on keyboards.With the line up now in place, the band began work on their debut album at PNP Productions in Tewkesbury UK, completing the recordings in June 2017.

With a sound that the band describes as ‘Timeless, melodic rock/ hair metal’, Midnite City cover all bases when it comes to this much loved genre of music. From ultimate feel good, party rock anthems, to brooding melodic rock monsters, to spine tingling power ballads, they are all here in abundance, and then some.

With an album release being planned for October20th,  2017, Midnite City will be taking their explosive live show out on the road throughout the UK, Europe and the USA in late 2017/ 2018.

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Martina Edoff – We Will Align Will Be Released September 22nd

The self-titled Martina Edoff album was released in 2014, and nearly a year later, the second record called ‘Unity‘ took her and her band on a successful North American tour in September 2015.

She soon went to Argentina and performed for 6000 new fans as an opening act for Tarja Turunen. The tour went on to share the stage with The Winery Dogs on their European tour in early 2016. The UK audience welcomed her the same year for a mini tour and she later returned to the Rockingham Festival to perform.

Now she’s back with the third record ‘We Will Align‘ which will be released on AOR Heaven on September 22nd, 2017.

Amongst the already acquired fans is the respected English rock journalist Dave Ling, who discovered MARTINA EDOFF’s eponymous titled solo debut, celebrated her with a full page article in Classic Rock AOR Magazine and put her album on his playlist, describing it as ”Stirring, confident melodies from an unashamed Swedish rock chick!” The great reviews kept on coming in from all over the world.

Together with her former co-producer and co-writer Jona Tee (H.E.A.T), Martina decided to work with him on the third album. In late 2016 the artist started to write on some new songs and found more co-writers who completed the music in the way she was looking for, such as Jonas Törnqvist (Deathriders, Bleed The Hunger, TreasureLland), Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, Nordic Union, W.E.T), Benny Jansson (Ride The Sky), Billy Sheehan (Mr Big, The Winery Dogs), Jona Tee (H.E.A.T).

We Will Align‘ is a melodic hard rock album with a bluesy note along with powerful pieces and it goes back to the roots where Edoff has got her influences. The strong melodies are always there such as her powerful voice. The musicians are the best to find and they are by her side in the studio as well on stage, i.e. Björn Höglund (drums), Nalle Påhlsson (bass), Stefan Bergström (guitar) and Jona Tee (keyboard/ hammond and production). The mixing went through the hands of the legendary Tobias Lindell.

Discography:

Martina Edoff (2014)

Unity (2015)

We Will Align (2017)

Soundclips in advance:

Martina Edoff – Champions (Edit)

Martina Edoff – Turn Our Pages (Edit)

Martina Edoff – We Will Align (Edit)

Track list:

1. Turn Our Pages

2. Champions

3. Alive

4. We Will Align

5. Lay Down Your Arms

6. Face The Mirror

7. Set You Free

8. I’m Invincible

9. Truth Came Knocking

10. Brand New World

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