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AOR Heaven To Release Jari Tiura Solo Album March 23rd,

Jari Tiura, former Michael Schenker Group and current Stargazery and Century Lost singer, will release his debut solo album on 23rd March 2018. ‘King Of Lions’ is a bit different than his previous outputs. The solo debut album has a mark of AOR to it, but also offers genuine hard rock feeling at times.
Jari Tiura was born 1968 in Tampere, Finland. He began to sing around the age of 17 when he also formed his first real band Crommer. Two years later the band changed their name to Bourbon and started to play gigs in their hometown.

A big change in Jari Tiura’s musical career happened in the end of the 90´s, when he joined Snakegod, a Finnish power metal band. With Snakegod he released an album called ‘Invitation‘ in 2001.

In 2004 Michael Schenker contacted Jari Tiura and asked him if he would like to fly over to London for an audition gig. Everything went well and Jari even recorded most of his lead vocals for the upcoming MSG release ‘Tales Of Rock N Roll‘ during his stay in London. The first MSG concert featuring Jari Tiura on vocals took place in 2006. The show was broadcasted live from Underground, Cologne and aired on the show ‘Rockpalast‘ on German TV.

Between 2006 and 2007 Jari toured with MSG in Europe, Asia, the USA and Japan, and played big festivals like Wacken Open Air and Sweden Rock to name a few.

After leaving MSG, the singer joined Finnish band Stargazery. With Stargazery, he so far has released two albums, ‘Eye On The Sky‘ (2011) and “Stars Aligned” (2015). He is also a member of a new group called Century Lost which is currently working on a debut album to be released in 2018.

A few years ago Jari Tiura and his good friend and producer Sami Ala-lahti hooked up and started to write music together for his first solo album. ‘King Of Lions‘ is a release that, from the beginning, was meant to sound different from anything he had done in the past. Sami Ala-lahti handled the production and also played rhythm guitars, sang backing vocals and did some programming.

Soundclips in advance:

Jari Tiura – Away From All The Magic And Wonder (Edit)

Jari Tiura – Friends And Foes (Edit)

Jari Tiura – London (Edit)

Line up:

Yrjö Ella – lead guitars

Jaan Wessman – bass and drums

Jussi Kulomaa – keyboards

Jani Kemppinen – keyboards

Mikko Kangasjärvi – keyboards

 

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Come Taste The Band Sign With AOR Heaven For World-Wide Release

Norwegian rockers Come Taste The Band are currently in the studio working on a brand new album. The record will feature contributions from former Rainbow singers Doogie White and Joe Lynn Turner.

Get ready for a Melodic Hard Rock album with blues & funk influences in the tradition of the great bands from the seventies!

This record will be released world-wide on AOR Heaven in late 2018.

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Johan Kihlberg’s Impera Releases ‘Fear’ Lyric Video.

Johan Kihlberg’s Impera releases ‘Fear‘ lyric video.

Fear‘, is taken from the forthcoming album ‘Age Of Discovery‘, which is due for release on February 23rd, on German label Aor Heaven.

Track list:
1. Prelude (intro)
2. That´s The Way That Life Goes
3. Fear
4. Falling
5. The End Of The Road
6. Just A Conversation
7. The Right Stuff
8. Why Does She Care
9. I Am I
10. It´s A Revolution

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AOR Heaven Will Release Impera ‘Age Of Discovery’ February 23rd

After three albums with his band Impera, founding drummer Johan Kihlberg decided it was time to spread his wings, and the Swede came up with the idea to record his first solo effort, Johan Kihlberg’s Impera Age Of Discovery.  “I felt this would give me the opportunity to spread my wings a bit and work with some other people,” Johan said. ” I grew up with bands like KISS, Queen, ABBA and The Beatles, who were not afraid to have a wide range of styles on their albums.  I’m obviously a hard rock fan at heart, but I’m also influenced by bands like Simple Minds, Kraftwerk, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Human League and many others. I’m also a huge fan of movies and movie soundtracks.

The first person Johan approached was Lion’s Share guitarist Lars Chriss, who is also a renowned producer and mixer. “Johan and I got together and started writing songs,” Chriss said.”He usually had an idea of the direction and we took it from there. We also had a couple of friends coming up with basic ideas for about half of the album. We had the luxury to cherry-pick the songs we thought would add to what we already had going. For lyrics and melodies we worked closely with singer Mick Devine of the band SEVEN, whom I’ve done a couple albums with the last couple of years. My old friend and Lion’s Share keyboardist Kay Backlund stepped up to the plate and worked with us on a couple of tracks as well.

Kihlberg and Chriss decided to work with several different singers on the project, while enlisting Kihlberg’s longtime friend and Impera bandmate Mats Vassfjord to lay down the bass tracks. “As soon as we had the songs written, we started thinking about what voice and singer that would fit each individual track the best,” Kihlberg said. “Fortunately, they all agreed and did an amazing job on the album. I even managed to get one of my all-time favorite singers, Michael Sadler from SAGA, to sing a song.

Johan Kihlberg’s Impera Age Of Discovery‘ features a wide range of musical influences while remaining a very strong, melodic and powerful album. It boasts great production work by Chriss and a stunning artwork by Carl-André Beckston.

Sound clips in advance:

Falling (Edit)

Fear (Edit)

The End Of The Road (Edit)

Line-up:

Johan Kihlberg – Drums/Keyboards

Lars Chriss (Lion’s Share)- Guitars

Mats Vassfjord (220 Volt) – Bass

Michael Sadler (Saga) – Lead & Backing Vocals on 8

Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) – Lead & Backing Vocals on 6

Mick Devine (Seven) – Lead Vocals on 3, 5, 9 – Backing Vocals on 3, 7, 9, bonus track

Nigel Bailey (Bailey) – Lead Vocals on 7, 10, bonus track – Backing Vocals on 5, 10

Nils Patrik Johansson (Lion’s Share, Astral Doors) – Lead & Backing Vocals on 2, 3

Michael J. Scott – Lead & Backing Vocals on 4

Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen) – solo on 9

Kay Backlund (Lion’s Share) – Keyboards on 1, 3, 6

Anders Rybank (Coastland Ride) – Keyboards on 8

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P.A.L. – Prime Out January, 26th 2018 On AOR Heaven

PAL is a Swedish musical collaboration between guitarist Roger Ljunggren,  Peter Andersson and Peo Pettersson.

Roger and Peter, longtime friends, started writing and play music together way back. They first got to know each other in the early eighties. Growing up in Skara, a small town in the south west of Sweden sharing a passion for music and especially for song-writing. They sweat out together in a small rehearsal studio together with some other local musicians.

The group started in 1987 when a demo was recorded in Peo’s studio Vanäs for a band called Escape which at that moment was short of a singer and Peo helped out.

Now, thirty years later the three musicians are making music together again. The songs on the debut album ‘Prime‘ are a collaboration between the three – where Roger wrote the music and recorded the guitars and solos and Peter arranged, produced and played the bass. Peo then added the vocals. Mauritz Petersson was hired to do the drums.

You can surely hear vintage elements in their music, but this time with a more modern approach and passion for the music they all grew up with. The first label that was invited to listen to the material was AOR Heaven in Germany. A record deal was signed with them shortly after. The release of the debut album ‘Prime‘ is scheduled in Europe for January 26th, 2018.

Sound clips in advance:

Carry On (Edit)

Double Nature (Edit)

Heads Or Tails (Edit)

Line-Up:

Roger Ljunggren – Guitar

Peter Andersson – Bass

Peo Pettersson – Vocals / Keyboard

Mauritz Petersson – Drums

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AOR Heaven To Release New Album From Blood Red Saints January 26th, 2018

Following on from their critically acclaimed 2015 independent debut album ‘SpeedwayBlood Red Saints make a welcome return with a brand new selection of top class hard rock. ‘Love Hate Conspiracies‘ sees the band make a progression into a more focused direction. Pete Godfrey (vocals) tells us more. “The Speedway album was a great debut for us no doubt about that but this new album is a massive step forward. We’ve really found our own sound and identity with this material, it feels a lot more cohesive and is without doubt, heavier in style. This feels like a real band all pulling together

The new album also sees two new Saints baptised to join original members Pete Godfrey, Rob Naylor (bass) and Lee Revill (guitars). Neil Hibbs (formerly of Arkhams Razor, Shy) joins to add a harder edge with crunching guitars for a tougher approach for both live and studio work. Andy Chemney (drums) was an obvious choice having worked with Rob in their previous band ‘Angels Or Kings‘. Rob takes up the story. “I’ve known Andy nearly all my life, he was the guy I wanted for our band and we are so pleased to have finally got our man

So, what can we expect from ‘Love Hate Conspiracies?’ Lee Revill told us this “it’s musically in a heavier direction than Speedway. We still wanted big melodic choruses but we wanted to toughen them up a bit too. We’ve got such a strong set of songs here and we are all excited to finally let people hear them, on the album and also live, these songs are gonna kick ass

The album features a writing and vocal contribution from Paul Laine (The Defiants)  on ‘Is It Over‘ and a track ‘Turn On The Night‘, written by Steve Brown (Trixter, Def Leppard, Tokyo Motor Fist)

Mixing and production was handled by Simon Humphrey who has worked with some of the biggest acts in music over many years and his input was invaluable in producing this record. The release date was set to January 26th, 2018.

Sound clips in advance:

Live & Die (Edit)

Something In Your Kiss (Edit)

Wake Up (Edit)

Catch BRS out and about throughout the year with HRH in North Wales in March and more shows to be announced soon. Check them out on Facebook too.

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Review: Code Red – Incendiary

Review: Code Red – Incendiary

AOR Heaven (Oct 20th 2017)

Reviewer: Stephen Brophy 

How often these days are reviews started with “Swedish Melodic Rockers” and here we have another new name to add to that list although many of the band members will already be familiar to you. Code Red is the culmination of collaboration work between Ulrick Lönnquist (Sahara) and respected producer Daniel Flores (Find Me, Jim Jidhed), and they have not only put together a very strong band to create this album, and it is rather good, with Flores also taking care of drum duties. Rounding out the band are Michael Palace (Palace) on bass, Oscar Bromvall (Palace) & Morgan Jensen (Swedish Erotica) guitars and Kasper Dahlqvist (keyboards), very impressive lineup.

Incendiary‘ features ten tracks, that are thankfully a little different sounding to most of the releases out there right now moment. Perhaps most of that is down to the vocal style of Ulrick. Musically the band sound in places a little like Alien to these ears, and that thought certainly wasn’t planted because of the Cover Art being designed by none other than Ken Sandin, bass player for the afore mentioned Alien.

There is an interesting mix between a slightly harder edge, they at times exhibit, and the more purely melodic tracks on offer here, but this is definitely in the AOR realm. Ulrick’s vocals are superb throughout, powerful and delicate at the same time.

Highlights include the rousing opener ‘I Won’t Be Your Hero‘ which really sets up the album well, as with everywhere else the keyboards play an integral part to the overall sound and add a nice punch to a number of the tracks. The very poppy ‘Lift Me Up‘ is terrifically upbeat, and it just works so well, the chorus really does life you up. And then there’s the really excellent ‘Heat Of The Night‘ which just kicks things up a gear, everything just works so well together on this one, great flow to it and the higher pitch of the backing vocals is just about perfect on this track. There is a control in the guitar solo that again just works so well with the accompanying riff, and Ulrick gets a little heavier on the vocal before the song fades out very naturally.

There is very little not to like here, very talented performers working with a top producer results in something that just adds another name to the watch-list for when we hopefully get a follow up album. This is a really interesting album, very well put together and it would be a great shame were it not to be toured.

But with the artists that play on this album all being very busy with their own projects it may not be possible. However, in whatever format, it would be great to see them live.

 


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