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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).


Claudio Casaburi (Bass)

Luca Di Gennaro (Keyboards)

Lino Di Pietrantonio (Vocals)

Antonio Mocerino (Drums)

Antonio Vittozzi (Guitars)

Official Website



Badge Sign to Pride & Joy Music; New Album ‘If It Hurts It Must Be Good’ Released July 28th

Pride & Joy Music is delighted to announce the signing of Swedish Hard Blues Rock band Badge for the release of their third album ‘If It Hurts It Must Be Good‘. The release was set to July 28th, 2017

Badge was put together by guitarist/singer Matti Norlin and drummer Fredrik Haake in 2002. Matti´s love for Pre War Blues and both their ambition to create new and exciting music is the drive.

Since then Badge has released two albums ‘Kill Another Fuzz‘ in 2010 and ‘If I Could Love I’d Love This‘ in 2013.  Their new album ‘If It Hurts It Must Be Good‘ will be available via Pride & Joy Music from July 28th, 2017.

With focus on energy, new paths and groove, but always to serve the song, Badge has been breaking new ground ever since. Even though they started out with the old Blues in mind, they never thought about themselves as a Blues band. Rather a band that makes it’s own mark with many influences.

In 2013 Badge was picked to represent Sweden in the European Blues Challenge. In 2014 Matti Norlin and Fredrik Haake got a composer-scholarship from SKAP (Swedish Society of song-writers) for the music of BADGE, and the video for the track ‘If I Could Love This‘ reached over 135.000 views on YouTube.

With the new album ‘If It Hurts It Must Be Good‘, they have really come a long way as far as songwriting and getting a unique sound on print! The first advance single from the album, ‘Break Down‘, was picked by Swedish national radio as one of the top 30 songs of Rock in 2015!

*Matti Norlin has released four solo albums: Pre War Blues (1995), Kitchen Sink Blues (1998), Sliding Out (2002) and  LIVE – Blues Three Floors Up (2010). Matti has established himself as a great blues artist and is one of the most perceptive interpreters of early Scandinavian “Pre War Blues”. He has also appeared on records with Sam Mitchell (ex-Rod Stewart’s band), Nicolai Dunger and Tony & The Bitters (interpretations of the Swedish death metal band Dismember).

*Fredrik Haake has previously played with New York band God is my co-pilot as he made several tours with, both in Europe and the U.S. Fredrik was involved in two of the band’s CDs. He also starred in his New York period in Jim Sclavunos (from Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds) new band The Vanity Set and recorded an album with Roger Manning. Fredrik has also been featured in Sideburn, Moa and Swedish-American heavy metal band Meldrum who toured with: Motorhead, Zakk Wylde Black Label Society, Sepultura, Danzig, and Nashville Pussy. 

*Lennart “Z” Zethzon is featured in Swedish Classic rock band “Lugnet” who released their debut last year. He also appears on two albums with Clifftones. In -98 Lennart put down the bass for Leda Battisti’s self title release, featuring Grammy Award winner Ottmar Liebert.




Starsick System Release Lyric Video For ‘Bulletproof’

Today, Starsick System have released a lyric video for the first instant grat/ single ‘Bulletproof‘.

Bassist Valeria Battain comments on the track:‘Bulletproof‘ is song of “rebellion” but with an ironic tone. It will take on a personal meaning to everyone who hears it, but the message is the same: stand up for what you believe in, no matter what other people say, face your enemies, be proud of you and take back yourself respect against bullies, self-centered and arrogant ones. We chose this song as first single cause the mood and the melodies are the perfect evolution of our original sound. It’s a perfect match of heavy riffing and catchy refrains that is what distinguishes us mostly!

The album ‘Lies, Hope & Other Stories‘ will hit the shelves on June 23rd, 2017 via Pride & Joy Music. Next to 10 original songs, the record also features an outstanding cover of the Chris Cornell song ‘You Know My Name‘ (James Bond 007 – Casino Royale soundtrack).

Track list:

1. Nebolus

2. I Am The Hurricane

3. Bulletproof

4. Sinner

5. The Promise

6. Scars

7. Everything And More

8. Come One, Come All

9. Perfect Lie

10. Hope

11. You Know My Name (Chris Cornell 007 soundtrack cover)

Pre-order the album here: http://hyperurl.co/StarsickHopesLies


Marco Sandron – vocals, guitars

David Donati – guitars

Ivan Moni Bidin – drums

Valeria Battain – bass


The Radio Sun Sign To Pride & Joy Music

Pride & Joy Music is happy to announce the signing of Australian Melodic Rock band The Radio Sun! Based in Melbourne, Australia the band consisting of Jason Old (lead vocals & guitars), Stevie Janevski (lead guitar, bass, backing vocals; Black Majesty) and Gilbert Annese (drums) is currently working on their fourth release Unstoppable which is planned for a release in late October 2017. This new album once again will be mixed by Paul Laine (solo, Danger Danger, Dark Horse).

The band has just completed another European tour which included an astonishing performance at Hard Rock Hell AOR Fest and very successful shows in the UK and a gig in Greece. The Radio Sun will return to Europe with dates in the UK, Greece & Germany at least in March 2018.


Kings Of Broadway Release Self-titled Debut Album On April 28th


After a year of writing songs, making demos with his longtime friends Luca Cartasegna (ex-Secret Sphere) on drums, Ricky Messeri on guitar and J.J. Andreone (Odd Dimension, A Perfect Day) on bass, the showed the ability to create amazing rock songs for the masses, once sung by the right singer!

After trying out some different options, J.J. suggested his long time friend Tiziano Spigno (who later became the singer of Lucky Bastardz); Tiziano has a unique vocal tone and an amazing ability in writing rock melodies that gives its best melted with Kings Of Broadway.

This was 2012 – and the band then really started! From 2012 to 2015 they worked in the shadows, composing the whole debut album and recording it in the best way possible, with the aim to deliver an outstanding sound, able to play the game with the rock giants out in the market!

Among the great words received by the representatives of the musical industry, the band signed a record deal with the German label Pride & Joy Music in early 2017. The group’s  debut album ‘Kings Of Broadway‘ is set for a release on April 28th, 2017!

Kings Of Broadway‘ has been recorded by Tancredi Barbuscia at GreenRiver Studio, vocal production handled Michele Luppi at  MiLu’s RockLab II and Roberto Priori at PriStudio.

Mixed and Mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio.


Tiziano Spigno – Vocals

Aldo Lonobile – Guitars

Ricky Messeri – Guitars

J.J. Andreone – Bass

Luca Cartasegna – Drums



Pride & Joy Music Signs Frode Hovd’s Aldaria

land-of-lightPride & Joy Music is proud to announce the signing of Frode Hovd’s Aldaria for the release of their Metal Opera concept album ‘Land Of Light‘! The release of this record is scheduled for March 24th, 2017.

‘Land Of Light‘ is the highly anticipated debut release by the new all-star metal opera Aldaria. The album contains 11 epic tracks in the vein of old Helloween & Avantasia, with fast-paced hymns to beautiful ballads.
The band is masterminded by guitarist Frode Hovd from the Norwegian metal group Memorized Dreams who was joined by a host of world known guests from the metal community including Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, voc), Todd Michael Hall (Riot V, voc), Rick Altzi (Masterplan, voc), Mathias Blad (Falconer, voc), Jonas Heidgert (Dragonland, voc), Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer, guit.), Roland Grapow (Masterplan, guit.), Mike LePond, (Symphony X, bass), Uli Kusch (ex Helloween, dr.), Peter Danielsen (Darkest Sins, synths) and Mistheria (Vivaldi Metal Project, keys). The album has been in production for over two years.

Produced and fully written by Hovd himself, this conceptional album was mixed by Roland Grapow (Masterplan) at Grapow Studios and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Primal Fear, Volbeat, Doro etc) at Hansen Studios. Artwork by Stan W. Decker (Jorn, Serious Black…).

The full cast of musicians performing on this release and an essay about the lyrical concept is found on the band’s website.

Official Website



Hartmann Will Release New Album ‘Shadows & Silhouettes’ On Sept. 30th

Shadows & Silhouettes

After numerous tours as part of Avantasia, Rock Meets Classic and as mastermind of the successful Pink Floyd Tribute Echoes the exceptional singer and guitarist Oliver Hartmann now presents his new fifth studio album ‘Shadows & Silhouettes‘ with Hartmann after nearly four years break since the latest release ‘Balance‘. The new album will be released on 30th of September on the artist owned label SONIC11 in cooperation with Pride & Joy Music.

Supported by guest musicians as the well-known session keyboarder Jimmy Kresic (Rock Meets Classic, The Roots, Soundtopia), Miro Rodenberg (Avantasia) and also the Prague cellist Irena Morisáková and violinist Adéla Pecková, the album contains 12 extra class songs combining modern melodic Rock with acoustic, highlighting the broadness and complexity of Hartmann. The single ‘When Your Mama Was A Hippie‘ will also be released as a video  and download on September 2nd.

Shadows & Silhouettes‘ was co-produced again by Sascha Paeth (Avantasia, Edguy, Kamelot, Beyond The Black, etc.) and mixed/mastered at Gate Studios Wolfsburg/Germany. The iTunes version will include the bonus track ‘Soul Asylum‘.

Additionally to the new studio album, Hartmann also will re-release the sought after and completely sold out 2008 ‘Handmade‘ DVD release as a Deluxe Digi-Pack with DVD & CD included.

Line-up 2016:

Oliver Hartmann (guitar/vocals)

Mario Reck (guitar)

Armin Donderer (bass)

Markus Kullmann (drums)

Jimmy Kresic (add. keys)

Track list 

1. Irresistible

2. High On You

3. Glow

4. When Your Mama Was A Hippie

5. Jaded Heart

6. Amazing

7. Still The Same

8. I Would Murder For You

9. The Letting Go

10. Too Good To Be True

11. Shadow In My Eyes

12. Last Goodbye

Bonus track (iTunes) Soul Asylum

Hartmann band

Official Website 


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