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Vivaldi Metal Project Release Date For ‘The Extended Sessions’ EP Revealed”

‘The Extended Sessions‘ EP is the follow-up release to the extremely successful ‘The Four Seasons‘ album release by Vivaldi Metal Project which hit the shelves in Summer 2016 on CD & double vinyl on Pride & Joy Music. The album up to today is one of the label’s best sellers and now being continued with this valuable EP which will shorten the waiting time for the fans until the next full album!

The digital version of the EP will be available at the usual outlets; the physical edition  digipack is limited to 300 copies and will only be available at the band’s shows, at the label’s online shop and at selected mailorder.

Created and produced by MistheriaVivaldi Metal Project are currently working on bringing the project onto stage with full band, orchestra and choir. During Summer/Autumn 2017, the band played a series of unplugged shows in Finland, in Bulgaria and in Italy in advance which resulted in the idea to put some of the extraordinary material onto this EP! ‘The Extended Sessions‘ includes four tracks which are centered around the group’s performance at “Kitee International Music And Art Festival” which took place in Kitee (Finland) on July 13th, 2017. Arranged by Mistheria, the performance at the “Sleeping Sun” event featured Mistheria himself on piano and Tsena Stefanova on vocals. An epic video for this track will also be available soon online.

‘The Extended Sessions‘ EP opens with a newly recorded unplugged studio version of ‘The Four Seasons‘ medley which again was arranged by Mistheria who performed on this track on piano and was joined by vocalists Tsena Stefanova, Angel Wolf-Black and Dimitar Belchev plus Abigail Stahlschmidt on violin. Additionally to this track, the song ‘Vita‘ – one of the album’s single – is featured twice on the EP: once as exclusive “original vocal session” as recorded by Dimitar Belchev on the first demo version of this song which impressed Mistheria at the first listening, and once as instrumental “karaoke”. Both versions are delivered with a brand new mix by Ivan Moni Bidin at Artesonika studios.

Vita‘ was originally released with different singers on last year’s album. The track was arranged by Zhivko Koev and the line-up here includes Dimitar Belchev on vocals, Srdjan Brankovic on guitars, Chris Caffery (TSO, Savatage) with a guitar solo, Jeffrey Revet on keyboards, Royal Hunt’s Andreas Passmark on bass and Martijn Peters on drums.

Like the Vivaldi Metal Project‘s full length album ‘The Four Seasons‘, ‘The Extended Sessions‘ EP was mixed and mastered by Ivan Moni Bidin at Artesonika Studios in Italy and produced by Mistheria. Vivaldi Metal Project is currently booking more unplugged shows over Europe and USA. Dates will be announced soon!

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Pride & Joy Music Sign Swedish Heavy Metal Band The Soul Exchange

Pride & Joy Music is proud to announce of Swedish Melodic Heavy metal sensation The Soul Exchange. The first release will be the 5-track EP ‘Vow Of Seth‘ which will be released on December 8th, 2017 as download through the usual platforms and as limited edition jewel case CD which only will be available through the label’s online shop and the band’s upcoming live shows. A new studio album will follow in mid 2018!

The Soul Exchange is a band that mixes Classic Hard Rock with a contemporary Metal sound. They have taken influences from the 70’s Hard Rock scene and created their own unique style of Metal infused, guitar driven hard rock, with great attention to the melodies and grand vocal arrangements. The lyrics deals mostly with subjects from the darker side of life such as insanity and evil in various forms.

The seed that eventually became The Soul Exchange was sown when guitarist and songwriter Hans von Bell began writing songs for a solo album back in 2013. After the albums’ release in January 2015, Hans immediately started to work on new material for a follow up and realized he wanted to put together a proper band as the new material required a different sound and thus, The Soul Exchange was born.  The band name came from a song off the 2015 solo album.

In 2016 the band found their formula and sound with the current line up consisting of Daniel John vocals & keyboards, Hans & Thomas von Bell guitars, Patrik “Patte” Ekelöf on bass, and Benny White drums. Although mostly unknown to the wide public, all band members have long careers in music behind them. The band released the critically and likewise publicly acclaimed album ‘Bloodbound‘ in March 2017 on the Mervilton Records label.

In the fall of 2017 The Soul Exchange have been working on an, in between albums, five track EP titled ‘Vow Of Seth‘ that is set for release on the Pride & Joy Music label on December 8th. The EP will be preceded by a digital single and video release of the EP’s title track on November 17th. The Soul Exchange once again working with the renowned Swedish producer Magnus “Tank” Ljungqvist who also produced the “Bloodbound” album. The new EP has taken the band to an even darker place lyrically and with a tad harder sound. Stating that “this EP will show the way for the next full length album penned for release in 2018“. Hard Rock with a great portion of modern Metal influences, and importantly, the vocal arrangements and melodies will always have a major focus in The Soul Exchanges’ otherwise riff oriented music”.

Line-up:

Daniel John (vocals, keyboards)

Hans von Bell (guitars)

Thomas von Bell (guitars)

Patrik Ekelöf (bass)

Benny White (drums)

Discography:

Bloodbound (CD, 2017)

The Vow Of Seth (EP, 2017)

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German Hard Rockers VICE Return With New Album

German 80’s Hard Rock band VICE will return to the scene on November 17th, 2017 with the release of their new album Veni Vidi Vice via Pride & Joy Music.

This release is the band’s first record since 1990. To celebrate this new output, the group has set-up a release show at Roberto Beach near Munich for October 21st, 2017

VICE was founded in Munich Germany in the late 80’s and signed by major label BMG Ariola back in 1988. The former line-up consisted of Jörg Hargesheimer (guit), Peter Juhre (bass), Roland Schmidt (drums), Chris Limburg (guit), Jan Ghiantinie (vocals 1st album), Alan Keen (vocals 2nd album). These two records brought the band charts positions and several tours all over Europe. With more than 100.000 sold copies, VICE had a huge presence on TV and radio. They became quite famous and attracted their fans with their rather simple & rocking songs and positive attitude on stage.

Now after almost 30 years, VICE is back for more…The new album ‘Veni Vidi Vice‘ was produced, recorded and mixed by Chris Limburg at Lictoc Studios in Munich, will be released on November, 17th and continues the old style of VICE in a modern way. The first single & video for the song ‘Where Do I Belong‘ was released in advance in Summer 2017.

Further singles will be available soon, as well as a “hot summer night” release party on October 21st in a Caribbean atmosphere, near Munich at “Roberto Beach” (www.robertobeach.de)

Line-up:

Mario “Mitch” Michel (Vocals)

Chris “Yps” Limburg (Guitars)

Martin “El Bajo” Dreher (Bass)

Pete “Pepsi” Lautenschlager (Drums)

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Pride & Joy Music Signs Secret Rule, 3rd Album Out November 10th

Pride & Joy Music is proud to announce the signing of Italian Symphonic Metal band Secret Rule. The first collaboration will be the release of the band’s third full-length album The Key To The World on November 10th, 2017. The band will go on tour soon after the release and support the record live at the following dates among others:

16.11.17, I-Rome, Traffic Live Club*;

17.11.17 I-Rozzano, Circolo Svolta*

18.11.17 CH-Wetzikon, Hall Of Fame*

31.03.18 UK-Hartford (Hertfordshire), The Rock Den

*= as support for Kobra And The Lotus

Secret Rule was formed in the beginning of 2014 with the intention to create a special sound with powerful rhythms and catchy melodies. The band is fronted by the powerful voice of Angela Di Vincenzo (Kyla Moyl), masterminded by lead guitarist Andy Menario (Martiria) who has worked with big names such as Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio), Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner), and Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot). The line-up is completed by bassist Michele Raspanti (Graal) and drummer Nicola Corrente (Enemynside, Stick it out, Starkiller Sound).

In February 2015, the group released their debut Transposed Emotions (Rocksector Records) – a concept, a mixture of facts and tales which analyse our society with a look at a post apocalyptic era. The album was recorded in 2014; produced, mixed and mastered at Antfam Studios in Denmark by Tue Madsen (Halford The Haunted, Mnemic, Hatesphere, Ektomorf), while the artwork was created by Simona Speedy Saccoccia. After some gigs in Italy, the band went on tour in Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland and the UK, taking part in some festivals such as the SOS Fest in the UK and the WIZZ FEST in Belgium.

In October 2015, Secret Rule started recording their second album ‘Machination‘. The line-up for the new long player also included Sander Zoer (ex Delain, Leah) on drums, Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica) on keyboards and other special guests such as Stefan Helleblad (Within Temptation), Timo Somers (Delain), Fabio D’Amore (Serenity) and Janneke De Rooy (Paper Doll Decay). This release again was produced, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (Antfarm Studio) and the artwork created by Simona Speedy Saccoccia.

The CD got a release on June 24th, 2016 on Scarlet Records with two tours to follow in July and August covering Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic, the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. On 7 October in Wetzicon at the Hall of Fame venue, the Italians supported Serenity and on 29 January, they opened for Delain.

Early in 2017 Secret Rule supported Blaze Bayley for some gigs and then started to work on new material. The new album ‘The Key to the World‘ will be released by Pride & Joy Music on November 10th,  2017. Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica) and two new guests on this new CD, Henning Basse (Firewind and MaYan) and Ailyn Giménez (ex Sirenia), also appear on this third release of the band. It again was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (Antfarm Studio- Denmark); Fabio D’amore (Serenity) handled the pre-production and Simona Speedy Saccoccia took  care of the artwork again. In addition, music videos for the tracks ‘Twin Flames‘, ‘The Song Of The Universe‘ & ‘Imaginary World‘ feat. all three guests will be released in advance to the album release.  The band has already scheduled some gigs for next months. In November, they will be direct support for Kobra and the Lotus.

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Voodoma To Release ‘Gotland’ On September 22nd

German Dark Rock band Voodoma will release their new album ‘Gotland‘ on September 22nd, 2017 on Pride & Joy Music. In advance, the band releases a video clip and instant grat for the track ‘Ghostlight‘ today.

Voodoma are a Dark Rock band with Gothic and Metal influences from Düsseldorf, Germany. To date, the band has released two regular albums and some self-produced records. In addition, the group also has played numerous gigs, including major festivals such as ‘Wacken Open Air’, ‘Ragnaröck Festival’ and ‘Castle Rock’.

Three years after the release of the ‘Secret Circle’ CD, the new album ‘Gotland’ will now hit the stores on September 22nd, 2017 via Pride & Joy Music. The band’s sound still can be described as melodic, catchy Dark Rock which offers a wide range of elements and songs which will appeal to Gothic and Metal fans alike.

Once again, Voodoma have invited a couple of guest musicians including  Maike Flüshöh (Mayze), Ollie Bölke (Seelensturm), and Bernemann from German Thrash Metal legend Sodom. The release stands up with a powerful sound – also due the amazing mastering by multi-platinum award-winning  mastering studio Monoposto.

Discography:

2017-Gotland

2014-Secret Circle

2012-Bridges to Disturbia

Line-up:

Michael Thionville – Vocals

Mikk Hollenberg – Guitars, Keys

Pierre Liffers – Bass

Wolle Haitz – Drums

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Empire – The Raven Ride Official Video Released

In advance of the re-issue of Empire‘s ‘The Raven Ride‘, they have posted an Official video for the title track.

Empire is the Hard Rock band of German guitarist Rolf Munkes (ex Majesty, ex Razorback, Crematory) which has released four exceptional albums in between the years of 2001 and 2007. On these releases, Munkes was accompanied by numerous high-class musicians.

The history of Empire began in the year 2001 with the release of the album ‘Hypnotica‘ (Lion Music) which featured both the American singers Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and Lance King (ex Nightmare) on vocals. The line-up at the time was completed by Neil Murray (bass, ex Whitesnake, Brian May Band, Black Sabbath etc.), Gerald Klos (drums), Anders Johansson (drums, ex Stratovarius) and Don Airey (keyboards, ex Rainbow, Deep Purple). Rolf Munkes produced ‘Hypnotica‘ himself; the mix was handled by Stefan Kaufmann (ex Accept, ex U.D.O.).

Only one year later, ‘Trading Souls‘, the band’s second album came out on Lion Music. The CD once again was produced by Munkes with the mix being handled by Kaufmann. On this release, singer extraordinare Tony Martin (ex Black Sabbath) replaced King and Martin on the vocal spot.

Tony Martin also sang on the – up until now – most successful CD from Empire, ‘The Raven Ride‘, which was released in 2006 on German label Metal Heaven. Besides of Munkes, who, for the first also produced and mixed this release himself at his own Empire Studios in Bensheim, Germany, Neil Murray took again care of the bass work whilst the drums this time were handled by ex-Rage/ex-Axxis drummer André Hilgers.

In 2007, the so far last album of Empire saw the light of day. ‘Chasing Shadows‘ was once again released on Metal Heaven and the first record feat. former Rainbow singer Doogie White in the line-up. Mike Terrana (ex Rage, ex Axel Rudi Pell, Tarja Turunen) joined the group on drums.

In 2017, German label Pride & Joy Music will re-issue all four releases in a revised version. ‘The Raven Ride‘ will be released on August 18th, 2017 and include one bonus track.

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Soul Secret Sign To Pride & Joy Music; New Album ‘Babel’

Pride & Joy Music is delighted to announce the signing of Italian Progressive Metal band Soul Secret for the release of their fourth album ‘Babel‘ which will be released on July 28th, 2017. Songs from this record will premiere live in Germany at the band’s opening performance for this year’s Night Of The Prog Festival at the Loreley on July 14th, opening for none other than Mike Portnoy.

Soul Secret are an Italian progressive metal band based in Naples. After a long time playing together, they hit the market in 2008 with their debut album ‘Flowing Portraits‘, published by ProgRock Records and with Mark Basile (DGM) as guest singer on the whole album. This album was highly praised by the critics and let them play on stage together with bands like Pendragon, Vanden Plas and Subsignal. After three years the band published ‘Closer To Daylight‘ under Galileo Records, a heavier album featuring Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie Band) on “River’s Edge” and Arno Menses on the acclaimed 16+ minutes suite “Aftermath”. After playing together again with Subsignal and Vanden Plas, the band decided to change the singer and to start working on a new album. While writing it, they played together with Haken and Neal Morse Band. Their third release, called “4”, was their first concept album and released on April 10th 2015 (October 4th in USA) by GoldenCore Records and distributed by Zyx Music.

Their new album, titled  ‘Babel‘, will be released by Pride & Joy Music on July 28th 2017 and will be previewed at Night Of The Prog, opening Mike Portnoy’s show.  ‘Babel‘ is a concept album, covering topics like religion and love and ranging from classic progressive rock to more modern progressive metal, with influences from djent, electronic and latin music. The artwork was completely designed by Thomas Ewerhard and the mix handled by Alex Argento (Virgil Donati, Marco Sfogli).

Line-up:

Claudio Casaburi (Bass)

Luca Di Gennaro (Keyboards)

Lino Di Pietrantonio (Vocals)

Antonio Mocerino (Drums)

Antonio Vittozzi (Guitars)

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