Sat
20
Jul

MARK BAKER - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be (Showcase)

RELEASE DELAY - OUT AUGUST 2
 
The name Mark Baker may not be immediately recognisable to many, but for liner note/album credits junkies, it signifies top shelf AOR songwriting. Whether it be anthems or ballads, a Mark Baker song means memorable hooks and a big chorus.
 
Mark Baker is the man behind the iconic Signal ‘Loud & Clear’ album as well as many other songs including tracks for 38 Special, Paris Black, Triumph and Boulevard.
He was also the main co-writer on House Of Lords’ acclaimed ‘Demons Down’ record, re-joining as co-writer on some of the band’s more recent albums too.
 
‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ is a compilation of Mark’s songwriter demos from the 80s and 90s. The songwriter demos feature various singers, including the best session vocalist of them all – Mark Free. I’m pleased to say there are several unreleased Mark Free vocals.
 
But that’s not all – there are some original demos from the House Of Lords ‘Demon’s Down’ record as well as an appearance from Chicago’s Bill Champlin on an amazing AOR anthem.
Several of these demos have been traded online for years and MRR is thrilled to be able to bring one disc of this material to light in July. The tracks come from DAT masters and will as always be remastered by JK Northrup.
 
 
Mark Baker ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ will be released worldwide July 26 alongside Outlasted ‘Waiting For Daybreak’.
 
You can pre-order the album now as well as hear a couple of the songs right now!
 
PRE-ORDER MARK BAKER 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be' ($15 + $5 Airmail Shipping Worldwide)
 
 
PRE-ORDER DEAL MARK BAKER 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be' & OUTLASTED 'Waiting For Daybreak' ($30 + $5 Airmail Shipping Worldwide)
 
 
Track Listing & Vocalist Featured:
01. Nobody Gets Out Alive (Mark Free) 03:38
02. The Future Ain't What It Used To Be (Mark Free) 04:35
03. Demons Down (Demo Version)(James Christian) 03:34
04. No Pleasure Without The Pain (Demo Version)(James Christian) 05:00
05. Someday You're Gonna Love Someone (Mark Free) 03:45
06. A Little Too Much (Mark Free) 04:23
07. First To Cry (Mark Free) 03:43
08. What Did You Do (Mark Free) 04:27
09. Nothin' (Mark Free) 04:48
10. Dream On Little Dreamer (Bill Champlin) 04:16
11. Give A Little (Vocalsist Unknown) 03:57
12. Cold Day In Hell (James Christian) 04:12
13. Questions Of The Heart (Gary O) 04:59
14. Brighter Day (James Christian) 04:32
15. Only Young (Vocalist Unknown) 04:01
16. Runaway (Mark Free) 03:53
17. Superhero (Mark Free) 04:46
18. X T C O I (Freddy Curci) 03:46
 
 
Fri
19
Jul

OUTLASTED - Waiting For Daybreak (Showcase)

RELEASE DELAYED ONE WEEK - AUGUST 2
 
It is time at least for MelodicRock Records to announce the return of OUTLASTED with their second album 'Waiting For Daybreak', set for release worldwide July 26.
 
Preorders with bonus audio delivery available now. The CD release will feature 2 extra tracks over the digital release.
 
PRE-ORDER OUTLASTED 'Waiting For Daybreak' ($15 + $5 Airmail Shipping Worldwide) 
 
 
 
 
PRE-ORDER DEAL OUTLASTED 'Waiting For Daybreak' & MARK BAKER 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be' ($30 + $5 Airmail Shipping Worldwide) 
 
 
 
“The new album ‘Waiting For Daybreak’ was recorded over a two year period starting right after the release of the debut. We had six songs written and demoed when ‘Into The Night’ was released. We had a clear vision of what we wanted the next album to sound like” says producer and guitarist Terje Fløyli.
 
The album is once again mixed by Ronny Wikmark at Touchdown Studio in Trondheim, Norway. The artwork is designed by Nello Dell’Omo at Art For Music in Naples, Italy and mastering is done by JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio, California USA.
 
MORE NEW AUDIO!
 
 
 
“The new album is a natural progression from the debut and showcases a more mature approach to the songwriting process. The first one was written over a ten year period and the lyrics were mostly about love and break ups. The songs on the new album is more uplifting and inspirational.” says keyboardist Odd-Børge.
 
On ‘Waiting For Daybreak’ Glenn Wikran also contributed to the songwriting. “I’m very pleased with the songs on the new album. The first one was written by Terje and Odd-Børge so I was very happy to take part in writing this one. I think we have all evolved and grown over the last few years, something you can hopefully hear in the music.” adds Glenn.
 
Outlasted had a lineup change in the fall of 2018. Andreas Jentoft replaced Rune Pedersen on drums and Lasse Ingebrigtsen replaced Aleksander Schjølberg on bass. Glenn Wikran (vocals), Odd-Børge Hansen (keys) and Terje Fløyli (guitars) remain from the original lineup.
 
One of the new breed of Scandinavian rock bands, Outlasted picks up the mantle of classic rock and wears it with distinction. A five-piece band based in Norway, Outlasted fuses the sound of the golden age of recording with the compelling songwriting of classic rock and brings both into the future with modern production techniques and stellar musicianship.
 
 
 

 

 
Fri
19
Jul

THE DEFIANTS - Sample The Whole Album 'Zokusho' Now

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Thanks to Amazon Japan, you can sample the entire new album Zokusho from THE DEFIANTS now.
 
Full review coming up....but as you can hear, the album is a dead set melodic hard rock classic!
 
 
 
Thu
18
Jul

THIN LIZZY's ERIC BELL Announces Autobiography This September

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Founding THIN LIZZY guitarist ERIC BELL will release his new autobiography 'Remembering - The Autobiography Before During And After THIN LIZZY' as Hardback and Audiobook, narrated by ERIC BELL in September via his exclusive Production team of the Edge productions and can pre-ordered here: www.oftheedgeproductions.coma
Many years in the writing, this astonishing book, penned by Eric Bell himself, charts the life of one of the most iconic and influential guitarists in contemporary music.
Starting with his early life, details of which few people have ever had access to, this moving autobiography reveals Eric's discovery of music and chronicles the influences that were responsible for his enduring love of the guitar. His journey culminated in the the creation of one of the most loved and successful rock bands in history.
The book details landmark relationships with Van Morrison and Rory Gallagher along with many other legendary musicians. Eric talks about his life-long friendship with Gary Moore and takes you through a moment by moment account of the night that Thin Lizzy was born. Eric remembers a whole world of experiences with Philip and Brian as they planned to take over the world!
Eric shines a light on the chaotic yet meteoric rise of Thin Lizzy with sensational previously unheard stories of life on the road and in the studio. This autobiography uncovers the triumphs and the tragedies that accompanied Eric along the way, and the personal toll that they took, resulting in his dramatic and climactic exit from the band on New Years Eve 1973.

For the first time Eric discloses the struggles in the years that followed and recounts more staggering stories of life on the road in the USA with Jimi Hendrix's bassist Noel Redding.
Eric pulls no punches on telling the truth about the good and the bad times.
This emotionally charged and absorbing autobiography is a true and moving testimony of a giant amongst guitarists.
NOW AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER A SIGNED COPY FOR SEPTEMBER DELIVERY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD - Available in Hardback and Audiobook, narrated by Eric Bell: www.oftheedgeproductions.com
 
Thu
18
Jul

THE IDES OF MARCH Releasing 55th Anniversary Album 'Play On'

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Friday, August 16, 2019
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Chicago, IL – Legendary rock group, The Ides of March, will be releasing their 55th anniversary album, Play On, on August 16. Produced by Fred Mollin and The Ides, the album will feature 14 brand new songs, as well as a re-release of their platinum hit, “Vehicle”. The band originated in Berwyn, Illinois, in 1964 and is the world’s longest-performing rock band that still has all of its original members: Jim Peterik (lead vocals, lead guitar and piano), Larry Millas (guitar, bass, and vocals), Bob Bergland (bass, saxophone, and vocals), and Mike Borch (drums and vocals). The original four members for the last 30 years have been joined by Scott May (Hammond organ and vocals), Steve Eisen (woodwinds and percussion), Tim Bales (trumpet and Flugelhorn), and Henry Salgado (trombone).
 
“Vehicle” was an instant hit back in 1970 and became Warner Bros. fastest-selling single of all time. Other hit songs by the Ides include “L.A. Goodbye” and “You Wouldn’t Listen”, all penned by Grammy-winning front man, Jim Peterik. Peterik – a former member of Survivor - made his name as a songwriter with Sammy Hagar, The Beach Boys and 38 Special, but never left The Ides behind as they’ve continued their success over the last five and a half decades. With over 11,000 live performances, their music appeals to all generations, as they play to all ages and sold-out crowds across the country. In addition to playing Ides shows, the bandmates also participate in Jim Peterik’s World Stage and touring their PBS special featuring the hit bands of Chicago from the golden 60’s - Cornerstones of Rock.
 
Special guests on the album include: Mark Farner (former singer and guitarist of Grand Funk Railroad), David Pack (former Ambrosia front man), Paul Shaffer of David Letterman fame, Cathy Richardson (lead singer of Jefferson Starship), sax phenom Mindi Abair, Tom Doody of Chicago’s Cryan’ Shames, Bo Bice of American Idol fame and formerly of Blood Sweat & Tears, and blues- rock superstar Joe Bonamassa. The album will also be released in a deluxe, double-disc vinyl edition, which includes the original masters of the Parrot and Warner Brothers singles: Vehicle (1970), You Wouldn’t Listen (1966), One Woman Man (1969), Roller Coaster (1966), Flipside (1972), Superman (follow up to Vehicle - 1970), LA Goodbye (1971), Aire Of Good Feeling (1970).
 
Play On is a musical journey of The Ides’ friendship over the last 55 years, and impresses with the iconic sound that fans know and love. “Play On is the culmination of all that we’ve learned and all that we’ve dreamed in The Ides of March’s 55-year history as a band,” said Peterik. “With every mile we’ve traveled together, and the countless shows we’ve played, we’ve found the secrets that make our sound unique, and have tried to distill those elements into every track - the horns, the harmonies, and the songs of a band that is really a family on wheels - and music is our vehicle.” 
 
The band has been featured by AXS, ABC News, SiriusXM, and Guitar World, as well as shows in the band’s hometown like, WGN News and Windy City Live, to name a few. Recently, Peterik performed on stage with world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, in Chicago in support of Little Kids Rock. 
 
For more information on the album release, or to schedule interviews with band members – including Jim Peterik – please reach out to the press contact above.
 
The Ides of March Links:
Website: https://theidesofmarch.com/
 
Thu
18
Jul

SABATON's Epic 'The Great War' Out Friday

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Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON release their new album "The Great War", on Friday July 19, 2019 on Nuclear Blast. It promises to be one of the biggest Metal albums of 2019.
 
The release of SABATON’s ninth full-length record perfectly coincides with the band’s 20th anniversary and the concept album is based on events during the First World War. The band started the recordings exactly 100 years after the end of the First World War (11/11/1918) and took 3 months of intensive work to complete the album together with their long-term producer and partner Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge studios. Furthermore, the album has been mastered by Maor Appelbaum and the artwork was once again created by Peter Sallaí. "This is not the first time we have sung about stories from this period in time, but now we felt the timing was right to make a full concept album about this war", explain the band. 
 
WATCH the first video ‘’Fields Of Verdun’’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP8G-LwWNn0
 
Alongside the album, the Swedes have worked hard to make their 20th year anniversary a very exciting year, and also started the SABATON History Channel - a unique collaboration between the band themselves and multimedia historians Indy Neidell and Timeghost - capturing the power of social media to tell stories about the wars, battles and heroes behind SABATON’s songs. Subscribe to the YouTube channel via this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaG4CBbZih6nLzD08bTBGfw

“This is the biggest album we have taken on so far. There is more depth and story around the songs that we have ever had before", Pär Sundström announces. "Expect many surprises as we have tried new things and we also went back in time to a concept we know a lot of you love. The Great War has been created side by side with the Sabaton History Channel to make 2019 the most exciting year in our 20 year history.”
 
WATCH the second video ‘’Great War’’ here: 
 
 
Sabaton explain the album in a series of trailers. These are a great insight into how the album was developed and recorded.
 
In the first album trailer, Joakim Broden and Pär Sundström talk about different aspects of the album. ‘’The Great War: Album Stories Part 1.’’ Watch it here: https://youtu.be/YZL8aG9PXtM
In the second album trailer, Joakim Broden and Pär Sundström talk about further aspects of the album. ‘’The Great War: Album Stories Part 2.’’ Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uc3HErCT2s
In the third album trailer, they discuss the song writing process of their upcoming album. ‘’The Great War: Album Stories Part 3.’’ Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olmYuitAmAk
In the fourth album trailer, they discuss the importance of putting their music into context and why Verdun plays a key role in "The Great War". ’The Great War: Album Stories Part 4.’’ Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/kfHVllJyCbs
The band have now revealed their fifth album trailer, in which they provide details about the different formats in which the album will be available. ‘’The Great War: Album Stories Part 5.’’ Watch the new trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2td-rnyqBwY
 
‘The Great War’ tracklist:
01. The Future Of Warfare
02. Seven Pillars Of Wisdom
03. 82nd All The Way
04. The Attack Of The Dead Men
05. Devil Dogs
06. The Red Baron
07. Great War
08. A Ghost In The Trenches
09. Fields Of Verdun
10. The End Of The War To End All Wars
11. In Flanders Fields
 
Purchase THE GREAT WAR here: https://geni.us/SabatonAU
 
 

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