Inimitable singer Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) and acclaimed Swedish guitarist, songwriter, and producer Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall) have collaborated successfully on three critically acclaimed albums where Russell dueted with Norwegian singer, Jorn Lande. After a break in their collaboration on said albums, where Timo Tolkki stepped in and oversaw an album, Magnus has returned to the fold, but with an exciting new twist to the formula. This time, Russell and Magnus welcome none other than the amazingly talented Anette Olzon (ex-Nightwish, The Dark Element) to the fold as Allen’s vocal partner and offer up an unbelievable new duets album.
If you love Allen/Lande’s first three albums, but also Delain, Within Temptation, Nightwish, and the like (but with a slightly heavier edge), then this is simply going to be your album of the year for 2020!
I’ll Never Leave You
What If I Live
No Sign Of Life
One More Chance
Who You Really Are
Who’s Gonna Stop Me Now
Vocals – Russell Allen, Anette Olzon
Guitars, Bass & Keyboards – Magnus Karlsson
Drums – Anders Köllerfors
THE DEFIANTS is a band put together by Paul Laine, Bruno Ravel, and Rob Marcello. Three fabulous musicians who, as fans in the know will immediately recognize, all have ties to the popular ’80s/’90s/’00s hard rockers, Danger Danger.
Best known for being the D2 vocalist on four studio albums over the course of 12 years, Paul Laine came back to work with his former bandmates Bruno Ravel and Rob Marcello, who are the other two pillars of The DEFIANTS, for the band’s self-titled debut album in 2015. The guys reunited at the suggestion of Frontiers’ President, Serafino Perugino, who really wanted these current and former Danger Danger members to offer fans of that band some new music. The resulting album was pleasing not only to the D2 fans, but also to ALL the fans out there who are into the classic sound of the era from which D2 emerged.
The Defiants debut album was greeted with a great acclaim as a glorious return to the “in your face” melodic hard rock that enraptured millions of fans back in the ’80s and ’90s and is currently enjoying a renaissance here in the 21st century, so a follow-up album was a no-brainer. The brand new album, “Zokusho”, a Japanese word meaning “the sequel” or “the next chapter”, is now set for release this fall.
This time, things for D2 fans get even more exciting as D2 drummer Steve West is a special guest on drums. Needless to say, this album has all the ingredients to thrill D2 and The Defiants fans. A BIG melodic rock album with big choruses, hooks and soaring guitars and vocals. Enjoy!
1. Love Is The Killer 2. Standing On The Edge 3. Hollywood In Headlights 4. Fallin’ For You 5. Hold On Tonite 6. Allnighter 7. U X’d My Heart 8. It Goes Fast 9. Stay 10.Alive 11.Drink Up!
Line-up: Bruno Ravel: Bass Paul Laine: Vocals, Guitar Rob Marcello: Guitar Steve West: Drums
LABEL: Frontiers Music s.r.l. RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2019
After four or five years of discussions about a possible collaboration with Frontiers, renowned German producer, guitarist, and songwriter Sascha Paeth agreed to join forces with the Italian label and launch his new band, Masters Of Ceremony.
Sascha says, “Finally, I am putting my energy into a metal project of my own. It is the sum of my experiences over the years and a bit of a revival of what I was doing in the past.”
The resulting album “Signs of Wings” is much more than a solo album. Sascha put together a great group of musicians including Felix Bohnke (Avantasia) on drums, André Neygenfind (Avantasia) on bass, Corvin Bahn on keyboards, and the awesome American singer Adrienne Cowan (Seven Spires). Offering a wide range of styles within the metal spectrum, from aggressive and straight foward metal songs, to more melodic and symphonic track, this record has a bit of everything and is certainly going to strike fans of Sascha’s as one of the most inventive, complete, and exciting releases in the metal genre in 2019.
As a 15 year old teenager, you might have found Paeth playing a more bluesy style, or Van Halen-meets-Accept style hard rock, but it wasn’t long before Paeth joined Heaven’s Gate, where the music was harder and heavier. This experience was where he learned to enjoy inspiration from adapting, from new styles, and from new collaborations. It was the start of a long journey through the music business, a journey that is far from over!
To label Sascha Paeth a multi-talented producer, engineer, musician, and songwriter might not quite cover his full set of skills and achievements. The Wolfsburg-born German multi-musician has produced countless bands including Avantasia, Kamelot, Rhapsody, Epica, and more. Having worked on, produced, and engineered over 200 albums since 1988, it’s fair to say he has a reputation for being at the forefront of shaping the European melodic power metal sound.
1. The Time Has Come 2. Die Just A Little 3. Radar 4. Where Would It Be 5. My Anarchy 6. Wide Awake 7. The Path 8. Sick 9. Weight Of The World 10.Bound In Vertigo 11.Signs Of Wings
Line-up: Sascha Paeth: guitar Adrienne Cowan: lead-vocals André Neygenfind: bass Felix Bohnke: drums Corvin Bahn: keyboards
Produced by Sascha Paeth
LABEL: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date September 13, 2019
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