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.

 

 

 

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

 

Vinyl £13.99 + Shipping
CD £9.99 + Shipping

Available to Pre-order now

   please click here
 

 

 

 

 

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"

 

 


 

 


EIGHTEENTH HOUR

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Catalogue number : ESM333
Release date: 23 August 2019
Bar Code: 5031281003331

 

Eighteenth Hour is:

Tom Chaffier – Drums
Geoff Houser – Vocals/Guitar
Jim Touchton – Bass
David Zullo – Guitar

Copyright 2019
Recorded at Brian J. Anthony Studios
Mixed & Engineered by Brian J. Anthony
Produced by Brian J. Anthony and Eighteenth Hour
All songs written by Eighteenth Hour

Tracks
1-Where The Truth Lies 4:21 / 2- In Denial  3:41 / 3-Try 3:22 / 4- Damage Done 4:07 /  5- Takes Me Back 4:57 / 6- Such A Shame 3:24 / 7- Unnoticed 4:23 / 8- Should’ve Been Gone 5:23 / 9- The Rising 5:02 / 10- All This Time 4:10

Bethlehem is a city of 75,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania - a city known for its rich colonial and industrial history. It is home of The Moravian Book Shop, the oldest continuously operating bookstore in the world dating back to 1745. Bethlehem Steel Corporation was the second largest steel producer in the United States and the largest ship builder. It manufactured steel for the George Washington Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Building, Hoover Dam, and many other American landmarks. It perfectly exemplified the hard working nature of the historic area.

Bethlehem is also home of Eighteenth Hour, a band that has captured the Lehigh Valley’s hard working essence by continually reaching new heights throughout their extensive career. The most recent achievement being selected as the opening act for Bon Jovi in their hometown area. The band has gradually put a bigger and bigger stamp on the vibrant Lehigh Valley music scene and is now poised to break out.

Eighteenth Hour’s musical prowess has earned them a reputation for being one of the area's best live original bands. Their music resonates with a broad audience as exemplified by the eclectic mix of artists they have shared the stage with including 3 Doors Down, Bret Michaels, Thin Lizzy, Spacehog, Collective Soul, Hinder, Skid Row, Days of The New, Saigon Kick, The Outfield, Ratt, Blessid Union of Souls, Great White, and blues great Shemeika Copeland.

Eighteenth Hour's remarkable list of accomplishments includes being named "Best Band" in the Lehigh Valley Magazine's Best of The Valley Poll, “Best Original Band" in the Reader's Choice Poll of Pulse Weekly Magazine, winning the 95.1fm WZZO 15th Annual Backyard Bands Competition, and winning numerous Lehigh Valley Music Awards including "Best Rock CD" and "Best Original Band". The band’s high energy performances have captivated audiences along the east coast including such notable venues as PPL Center (Allentown, PA), Alive@Five Festival (Stamford, CT), World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA), The Bitter End, (New York NY), and the main stage of the USA’s largest free music festival, Musikfest.

The CD you hold in your hand showcases straight-ahead rock & roll songwriting at its finest while capturing Eighteenth Hour's live performance musicianship, which is what this band has become known for over the years.