THE SIGN
- SIGNS OF LIFE / THE SECOND COMING [Double Digipak CD]

 

 

  

Escape Music is pleased to announce the re-release of The Sign both titles “Signs Of Life” and
"The Second Coming" as a Double CD Deluxe Digipack Boxset. "Sign Of Life" with two bonus tracks with
the original mixes by Mark Mangold and Randy Jackson, and fully mastered by
Jacob Hansen, and "The Second Coming" with one bonus track, fully re-mastered by
Mats "Limpan" Lindfors", Limited Edition of 1000 copies only!

 

 

 

Release Date: 24th August 2018
Catalogue Number: ESM323
Barcode: 503128100323 2

CD 1 : Sign of life

1. I’ M ALIVE    7.12
2. CROSSED THE LINE  4.44
3. ARYON  5.47
4. FOREVER AGAIN  5.04
5. STRANDED  3.43
6. ALL YOUR LIFE  4.26
7. THE WAIT  4.26
8. I WILL BE THERE FOR YOU  4.32
9. NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE  5.36
10. WINE  3.57
11. DESPERATE HEART  4.09
12. SIGNS OF LIFE  5.08
*13. love is alive  4.45
*14. Aryon (Radio Edit)  4.41

(*BONUS TRACK)

CD2 The second coming

1. Aryon Overture  2.16
2. Stained (Gone)  4.17
3. The Morning After (Time To Run)  5.16
4. Motorcycle Messiah  3.30
5. Shine  3.11
6. Bliss  2.07
7. If For One Moment  1.54
8. Canyon (We Are One Tribe)  1.20
9. Flame Of The Oracle  4.02
10. The ooze  1.52  
11. Inner Child (Exorcise)  2.49
12. Black Mountain  3.49
13. Keep On Breathin'  4.39
14. Shine (Finale)  7.01
15. Trans Americana Symphony  2.05
16. Rapture (Ode to Aryon)  2.55
17. Maniacs  5.07  (BONUS TRACK)  

The Sign is:

TERRY BROCK:  Lead vocals of  STRANGEWAYS
RANDY JACKSON: Guitars of ZEBRA
BILLY GREER: Bass of KANSAS, SEVENTH KEY and STREETS
MARK MANGOLD: Keyboards of DRIVE, SHE SAID, TOUCH and AMERICAN TEARS, Michael Bolton
BOBBY RONDINELLI: Drums of RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH and BLUE OYSTER CULT
JOHN BIVONA: Bass of  TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

SIGNS OF LIFE (The first CD)

THE SIGN is made up of five very talented and seasoned stars of American hard rock music.  With keyboard player and singer MARK MANGOLD, who earned cult fame in melodic rock circles penning hit songs for Michael Bolton and Cher, as well as being in AMERICAN TEARS (Columbia and Escape), TOUCH (Atlantic), DRIVE, SHE SAID (CBS Associated) and most recently FLESH AND BLOOD (along with MEGADETH AND TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist AL PITRELLI and TYKETTO singer DANNY VAUGHN).  Joining Mangold are guitarist and singer RANDY JACKSON of ZEBRA (Atlantic) and LED ZEP SYMPHONY, and singer TERRY BROCK of STRANGEWAYS and LE ROUX, in addition to singing background on over 35 records for artists like MICHAEL BOLTON, KANSAS, VALENTINE and others, and of course his solo records.  The rhythm section of THE SIGN consists of the amazing BILLY GREER, the bassist of KANSAS and SEVENTH KEY, and famed drummer BOBBY RONDINELLI (drummer of RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH and BLUE OYSTER CULT).  

The band produced a phenomenal, critically acclaimed album with diverse styles, a mixture of the sounds of all their styles, with scathing musicianship, huge walls of vocals, and strong symphonic overtones.  All these elements combine to create a signature sound, from stellar "I'M ALIVE" and "ARYON", to classic ballads "FOREVER AGAIN" and "I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU", to the heavy riffy "STRANDED" and more melodic rockers like "NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE", "THE WAIT" and "DESPERATE HEART" and the anthemic "LOVE IS ALIVE" and "SIGNS OF LIFE".  All the songs have a common lyrical theme, essentially a flowing rock opera that follows the contemporary story of ARYON, a young girl who was raped by a priest, who she kills, and then escapes across country to find herself.  This first record, originally mixed by Randy Jackson and Mark Mangold, has been remastered by Jacob Hansen and now sounds the way it was originally intended.  

THE SECOND COMING (The second CD)

The second record by THE SIGN marks the introduction of a second guitarist in the band, the stellar JOHN BIVONA (also TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA).  The CD continues the story of Aryon...and delves into her tale; the abuse, the murder, the escape and the epiphany...meeting such colorful characters as the MOTORCYCLE MESSIAH, the OOZE...having a revelation on BLACK MOUNTAIN (a killer ZEP style riff rocker with huge drums).  The exquisite STILL BREATHING stands out as a stellar melody and message.  The record also explores various symphonic melodies as well as some scathing musicianship, guitar and keyboard solos by JACKSON, BIVONA and MANGOLD.  This second record, the original mixes by Mark Mangold, Randy Jackson and Ed Douglas has been remastered by famed Swedish mastering engineer Mats "Limpan" Lindfors and now sounds as originally intended, far superior to any previous releases.

Finally, these two records have been combined with a LIBRETTO to tell the very contemporary and portending STORY OF ARYON.

 

 


 

 


MASS - WHEN 2 WORLDS COLLIDE (Vinyl Version)

 

 

  

Coloured Vinyl Transparent Purple, 180 grams, limited edition 500 copies only! All numbered!

 

 

 

Release Date: 24th August 2018
Catalogue No: ESMV1002
Bar Code: 5 03128101002 5

Track List: Just Can’t Deny (3:56) / Only A Dream (4:15) / Falling In Love (4:56) / Alive (4:31) / Second Hand Rose (5:06) / Turn it Over (4:08) / Revenge for the Maiden (3:36) / Some Time Ago (4:35) / Stand Alone (4:01) / Time Marches On (4:52) / When 2 Worlds Collide (5:47)

Louis St August – Lead & Backing Vocals
Gene D’Itria – Guitars
Joey “Vee” Vadala – Drums & Percussion
Michael Palumbo – Bass & Vocals

Guests: Jeremy Heussi – all keyboards, strings, etc / Michael Sweet – lead solo “Stand Alone”
Brian J Anthony: Mandolin, Acoustic Guitars, and Keyboards on Second Hand Rose

Mixed and mastered by Brian J Anthony for Escape Music Ltd.
Executive Producer: Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.
Artwork by: Nello Dell’Omo

Boston’s hard rock legends Mass have had numerous accomplishments over the years but most notably is the selling of over half a million albums worldwide!

Mass are legends in the USA and have a good strong following in Europe where they have released eight studio albums on labels such as A&M, RCA, Enigma and of course Escape Music. They have worked with such producers as Tom Allom (Judas Priest), Jon Mathias (Joe Cocker), Tony Platt (Cheap Trick / Led Zep) and Michael Sweet (Stryper) who has also contributed to this very release. They have toured with Scorpions, Cinderella, Molly Hatchet, Tesla, The Ramones, Kix, Vince Neil to name but a few….

Mass first started recording music in the early eighties and since then have released 7 studio recordings and with “When 2 Worlds Collide” this will be their 8th studio album. Their music can only be described as Melodic Hard Rock of the highest order; they certainly have a pedigree in this type of music and they hail from Boston too, home of the band of the very same name! In fact Louis from Mass has sung on the Boston album “Love, Life and Hope”.

Mass are an institution and if you are still unfamiliar with their music then this is a time to put things right. This new album is riddled with classic tunes that every

melodic hard rock fan would want to hear if you love the hard edged US rock sound. These guys are the best in their field, go and check them out…

 

 

 


 

 


ROB MORATTI - VICTORY

 

 

  

Vinyl Limited Edition 180g audiophile LP in GOLD Vinyl. Gatefold with bonus track.
Limited to 500 individually numbered copies.

 

 

 

Side A

1. Life On The Line
2. Everything But Goodbye
3. Lifetime
4. Power Of Love
5. Hold That Light
6. On And On

Side B

1. Take It All Back
2. I Promise You
3. Standing On Top Of The World
4. Jennie
5. Now More Than Ever

Bonus Track
6. Don’t You Look Back Now

Victory is the first solo record by the Canadian prog rocker Rob Moratti. After been part of different projects, including the band “Saga” he mastered his music knowledge to create the melodic pieces of the album. The catchy songs and strong melodies Rob recorded with the help of some guest musicians. Victory is a clean album with tight sounds and vocals which can be seen as the better part in the AOR genre. Highlights are the opening drive of “Life On The Line” and the moodier and darker tone of “On and One”. The album includes the bonus track “Don’t You Look Back Now”

 

 


 

 


SARACEN - HEROES, SAINTS & FOOLS

 

 

  

Vinyl Limited Edition 180g audiophile LP in Red Vinyl. Gatefold with 2 bonus tracks.

 

 

 

Release Date: 25 May 2018

Side A
1. Crusader
2. Rock Of Ages
3. No More Lonely Nights
4. Horsemen Of The Apocalypse
5. Heroes, Saints And Fools

Side B
1. Dolphin Ride
2. Ready To Fly
3. We Have Arrived
4. Come to the Light

The new wave of British heavy metal started back in the late 70’s and one of the bands who stood the test of time is the band Saracen. Their debut album Heroes, Saints & Fools is not only an effort to control the metal, but also an album on which the progressive music can be heard. The guitar-oriented rock is laced with keyboard melodies and evocative vocals. It was received with critical acclaim. Just seven tracks, but each track gives you the feeling that the band knew what they were doing. From the more metal oriented first tracks to the prog rock influences which starting to kick in halfway the album. Highlights are the fantastic instrumental “Dolphin Ride” and the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” with its infectious riffs.

Almost 40-years after their formation Saracen is still active both in live performances as in recording new material in the studio.

Heroes, Saints & Fools is available as a limited edition of 750 individually numbered copies on red vinyl.