MICK DEVINE - HEAR NOW

 

 

  

 After two successful 7 albums self titled and Shattered. Escape Music is pleased to announce the return of talented Mick Devine with brand new solo album title Hear Now,

 

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Release Date: 18th October 2019
Catalogue Number: ESM335
Barcode: 5031281003355

Track Listing:
1.  Strange Voices   3:39
2.  Live Forever  3:38
3.  Home  4:53
4.  So Much Better Now  4:27
5.  Hope Rising   4:38
6.  Standing In The Middle   4:04
7.  Life Goes On   4:02
8.  Another Way  3:57
9.  Life Is An Open Road  3:44
10. Game Over  3:55

Musicians:
Mick Devine - All vocals (7)
Steve Morris - All Guitars and Keyboards (Lonerider / Heartland / Ian Gillan Band / Shadowman)
Brian J Anthony - Drums , Bass, Acoustic Guitars, Mandelion, Keyboards (Steve Walsh / Overland / Jerome Mazza)
Backing Vocals: Stefanie Johnson and Brian J Anthony

Produced by Brian J Anthony
Co Produced by Steve Morris and Mick Devine
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Brian J Anthony
Executive Producer Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.

Back in the year that President Kennedy was assassinated and the Beatles first song entered the UK charts, Mick Devine was born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia.
Music was always an important part of the Devine family life with his Dad a semi-professional drummer and frequent late night band rehearsals in the home, proved a source of inspiration to the impressionable Mick.
He always had a good singing voice and from a young age was singled out to perform, with impromptu solo school performances through a number of choirs and school bands, the desire to be a professional musician was growing.

Roll on through the teenage years and Mick has moved from the now Zimbabwe to start a new life in Johannesburg South Africa. He was playing in a local band UC27 as a drummer / singer when he met Keith McFarlane from the award winning South African pop group Face to Face who at the time were planning a move to the UK to further their music careers. Mick was invited to join the band as a drummer and Seven was born.

In the UK as the band developed, it was agreed that Mick was a much better singer than drummer and he needed to come out from behind the drums to be the lead singer.
Mick’s first performance as a frontman was at a showcase for CBS Records in London in front of the A&R guru Muff Winwood. Unfortunately no record deal followed.

Shortly afterwards the band secured a support slot on their first nationwide tour with 90’s pop group Brother Beyond where valuable live experience, and a sizeable fan base were earned. It attracted the attention of Phillip Schofield who at the time was a Radio 1 DJ, and started to play their demo’s on his show.
Whilst on this tour, the wife of the head of Polydor Records came to one of the shows and the story goes that she went home and told her husband that he needed to sign the band. Whether true or not a record deal was offered and signed.

This would prove to be the undoing of Seven, as for many years they had been crafting their sound very much in an AOR rock vein and had a number of really credible recordings and tracks. This was around the time when Soul to Soul burst on the scene and the AOR sound was becoming a little out of fashion in the UK. The band had a real ‘Boy Band’ image and their management and record label pushed them in that direction with the hope that it would break them into a larger market.

John Parr was secured to produce the bands two single EP’s, both of which achieved top 75-chart status and further tours supporting The Monkey’s, Jason Donavan and Richard Marx followed. But as with so many bands without major chart success, the record label dropped them before an album was recorded.

Fast forward through 25 years of bringing up a family and earning a living, to a chance conversation between Khalil Turk (Escape Records) and Pat Davey, the original Seven bass player which led to an offer to finally record the Seven album that should have been released in the 90’s.
Sevens first album ’7’ was released to critical acclaim and was followed two years later with a second album ‘Shattered’ an album of newly written original tracks that was equally well received.

During this period Khalil introduced Mick to Steve Morris (Lonerider / Heartland / Ian Gillan Band) and a song writing partnership developed. Over a number of years they wrote numerous songs in a number of musical styles but all tied together with memorable melodies, lyric’s and killer guitar licks.

Once agin Khalil introduced the awesome American producer & musician Brian J Anthony (Lonerider / Steve Walsh /Overland) into this partnership and the result is the first solo album for Mick Devine called ‘Hear Now’ which is due for release on the 18th October 2019 on the Escape Music label.

 

 


 

 


HANOVER FIST

 

 

  

 Escape Music is pleased to announce the release date for Hanover Fist, remastered by the legendary mastering engineer Alan Douches and extensive liner notes by Melodic Rock Hard Rock Guru Dave Reynolds….
with 2 bonus tracks and the CD will also have both original front covers.

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Release Date: 18th October 2019
Catalogue Number: ESM336
Barcode: 5031281003362

Track Listing:

1 THE MAZE 3:40
2 METAL OF THE NIGHT 5:52
3 HUNGRY EYES 3:35
4 DON'T LET IT STOP 3:46
5 STANDING SIX 4:10
6 FEAR NO EVIL 4:47
7 ROCK BOTTOM 4:29
8 HIGH SPEED ROLLER 4:18
9 LOOKING FOR LOVE 4:05
10 SHOULD BE ROCKIN’ 4:11
11 FITS YA GOOD 4:02

Musicians:

Lead Vocal: Frank Zirone
Guitars: George Bernhardt, B. Bartoletti
S. Heydon, K.W.Geer**** and D. Aplin
Background vocals: D. Baynham, S. Heydon, J. Victor
Drums: Kim Hunt, D. Bilan***, P. Armstrong*
Bass: Chris Brockway, D. Woodhead*

Additional Engineers:
J. Primeau, T. Phillips, T. Ballant, R. Brouwers, G. Richardson, E. Stone, N. Golden, H. Cooper

Produced and Engineered by: Stacy Heydon (For P.P.I)
Recorded at Phase One and Metalworks
Mixed at Eel Pie Studio
Remastered by Alan Douches  October 2019

Executive Producer: John Victor
Art direction & Design: Martin Soldat
Photography: Dimo Safari

Hanover Fist’s self-titled debut album might just be one of the greatest ‘80s heavy metal albums you’ll ever hear. If
you’ve never heard it before then prepare to have your head re-arranged by its truly explosive power. Escape Music now proudly re-issues the original Canadian issued version on CD for the first time, correctly reinstating that version’s running order with the added bonus of liner notes by Dave Reynolds and the full involvement of vocalist Frank Zirone.  

The album first appeared in 1985 and became a top selling import in the UK. The Toronto based outfit should’ve gone on to greater heights, but sadly the band’s story is an all too familiar one of outstanding ability and a bright future being all too quickly blighted and ultimately cut short by baffling record label and managerial decisions.

Hanover Fist’s debut LP was released in Canada in early 1985 and featured one of the most imaginative pieces of artwork ever to grace an album sleeve. Take a closer look and you’ll see a vinyl album under construction! It was all the work of Dean Motter (who could count LP covers for Zon, Loverboy, Anvil, Sheriff, Chilliwack, The Nylons, Triumph, Toronto, Lee Aaron and The Arrows on his CV up to that point).

Sadly, Motter’s impressive work wasn’t around long enough to be admired by as many as it should. There were some strange goings on behind the scenes and the album was no longer available for sale domestically after a mere two months. Upon the advice of MCA in the States, Frank signed with a US based management company and the album was released in America a few months after the original Canadian version had disappeared from view; albeit with some pretty sweeping changes being made to it before it hit retail; not least the album’s artwork being changed from Dean Motter’s engineering masterpiece to a depiction of a snarling black panther. Not only was the album re-titled ‘Hungry Eyes’ (so named after one of the songs on the original release) and the running order overhauled with two songs removed and a cover of Bryan Adams’ ‘Fits Ya Good’ added as the revised album’s opening track, but the band name was shortened to Hanover!

“The manager we hooked up with had something of a political conscience,” Frank diplomatically notes. “This was around the time when the PMRC were making noises in the States, so that’s why the cover got changed and we lost the ‘Fist’ part of the band name.”

Dates with Autograph, Heaven, a three month stint with Saxon and selective shows on their own, including gigs in Missouri and Arkansas followed, but the band would ultimately run out of steam. “The original vision had been compromised with the name of the band being shortened, the album cover being changed and especially the running order of the record being vastly different to the original version,” Frank explains. “There was not much drive to continue as the whole thing had been manipulated into something completely different from what we had originally created.”

Yet now the Hanover Fist album can be enjoyed in its original form once more. “It was interrupted mid-stream the first time just as we were on a major trajectory, but we’re back and the re-mastering on this Escape Music reissue is just fantastic!” Zirone enthuses. “It’s so very close to how the original studio sessions were in sound.”

Give in to the Metal of the night!

 

 


 

 


AXE - FINAL OFFERING

 

 

  

Escape Music has the greatest pleasure to announce the release date for the Axe brand new album title Final Offering on Vinyl and CD!!  

The Vinyl will be limited Edition to 500 copies only!! in Solid blue, white and black, double LP 180 gm, gatefold with one bonus track and all will be numbered! 1-500

 

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CD £9.99 + Shipping

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Release date: 20th September, 2019
Catalogue No CD: ESM334
Bar Code CD: 5031281003348
Catalogue No LP: ESMV1004
Barcode LP: 5031281010049

Track Listing:

1. BORN TO LOSE 6:18
2. BAD ROMANCE 4:38
3. FIRE & STONE 6:52
4. LAND OF OUR FATHERS 6:32
5. MAKE A DREAM (LAST FOREV ER) 3:58
6. MONEY 4:18
7. OLD SCRATCH 5:56
8. ROAD TO DAMASCUS 4:36
9. WHO W LL YOU RUN TO 5:22
10. T Y OCHEN’ KRASI VAYA 5:08
11. YEARS SLIP AWAY  5:13
12. SOUTHBOUND WHISTLE  3:58 EXCLUSIVE BONUS TRACK FOR VINYL ONLY

Band is:
Bobby Barth: Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Vocals, Keys
Bob Harris:  Vocals, Keyboards
Gerald Berger: Bass
Scott Misner: Drums
Brad Banhagel: Guitars
Craig Gysler: Keyboards

Additional players & singers:
David Landes, Ray Patterson, Greg T. Walker,
Billy Kitchens, Thana Harris, Nate Harris

Engineered: Ben Watts, Bobby Barth, Billy Kitchens
Mixed by Mark Pinske
Mastered By Alan Douches
Produced by Bobby Barth for N.E.H. Productions
Executive producer: Khalil Turk

Axe was formed in 1977 out of the ashes of “Babyface”, a Hard Rock band burdened with a top 20 hit... but on the Adult Contemporary Charts. The band was brought together by leader Bobby Barth. Pulling members from all over America to Gainesville Florida, where they lived in one house, wrote music, and practiced.

BobbyBarth, Michael Osborne, Michael Turpin,Teddy Mueller And Edgar J. Riley Jr

Axe was different in that the makeup of the band were all veterans of many years playing clubs and cover music, 4 lead singers, and all writers. Signing a deal before they ever played a gig. The band signed to MCA for 2 records, later on to Atco for 2 records, where they had success with the anthemic song Rock and Roll Party in the Streets” touring with almost every major act on the road. Judas Priest, Ozzy, Deep Purple, Kiss, Motley Crue, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top, and quickly became a touring staple in the arena rock world. The upward momentum ended tragically in the summer of 1984 when Micheal Osborne and Bobby Barth were involved in an automobile accident where Osborne was killed and Barth received a broken neck, but was able to recover. Not having the heart to continue without his best friend Osborne, Axe ended that day and rested Until the 1990’s, Axe once again rose from the ashes to record “Five” their fifth record and then onto the Crown, 20 Years From Home Volume 1 and 2, an Axe Anthology “Axeology” a DVD live from Sweden Rock in 2012, and now finishing their final record…"Axe the Final Offering"