AMERICAN TEARS -
WHITE FLAGS

 

 

  

Escape Music and 12:12 Records are very pleased to announce the release of the
American Tears brand new album "White Flags" !!

 

 

 

 

Release date: 21st June 2019
Catalogue Number: ESM331
Barcode: 5031281003317

Track List:

1 TURN U ON   5:38
2 WAKE UP CITY  7:34
3 HELL OR HIGH WATER  5:25
4 WALTZ OF THE ANGELS  4:35
5 FIRE DOWN BELOW  9:21
6 GIVE ME MORE  3:58
7 LOVE IS LOVE  4:35
8 TURN THE PAGE (BLUE DOG) 7:48
9 PITCH BLACK 5:37
10 KEEP ON MOVIN' 5:28
11 WHITE FLAGS  4:19

Produced and Engineered by Mark Mangold
Keys, drums, bass and vocals: Mark

American Tears is an American keyboard trio that released it's first record, Branded Bad, on Columbia Records in 1974 and it's second, Tear Gas, in 1975.  Due to the very well received 2018 release last year of it's 4th record "Hard Core", the band has recorded a new record entitled "White Flags" which kicks it all up a notch.  Formed in the fertile musical environment of Long Island, New York, the band was initially made up of Gary Sonny, on bass, Tommy Gunn on drums and Mark Mangold on keys and vocals. For the second record Greg Baze took over the bass duties.  The band was a power keyboard trio, using keyboards of the day, Hammond organ, synths, mellotron, clavinet, electronic melodica and playing progressive music which showed the bands stellar musicianship.  Eclectic in their approach, their heartfelt music ranged from aggressive keyboard based extravaganzas to beautiful lush melodies circling pop of the day.

The band was fortunate to have toured major venues with such bands as Peter Frampton, J. Geils, Alvin Lee, Gentle Giant, Gary Wright, John McLaughlin and many others. They reached a wide audience and had an impressive show, topped off by Mangold doing handstands on his Hammond. Mark, surrounded by 12 keyboards, Tommy being almost invisible behind a huge battery of drums, with Gary, and later Greg, showing their bass virtuosity in front of a wall of amps, the band stressed musicianship and musicality, while exploring new sounds, and always pushing the envelope.

The third American Tears album, Powerhouse, added the guitarist and singer, Craig Brooks, and the band evolved into the critically acclaimed band Touch...but that is another story.

The fourth American Tears album "Hard Core" heralded the return by Mark to this keyboard based approach, using instruments only available in the 70's when the band made it's first foray.  WHITE FLAGS continues the flow with anthemic melodies, salient lyrics, virtuoso musicianship and creative, unpredictable musical journeys that defy formula or category.  In fact this band may be the only band on the planet playing exclusively keyboard rock.  With influences from his earlier work, tipping an occassional hat to ELP, Moody Blues and even Deep Purple, this record shows the daring, and pure emotion, that can be ripped out of those instruments.  American Tears defies the term "generic" as this purely original music, and scathing lyrics, have few if any standards for comparison.

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ALLIANCE -
FIRE AND GRACE

 

 

  

 

 

 

Release date: 24th May, 2019
Catalogue No CD: ESM330
Bar Code CD: 5031281003300

Escape Music is pleased and delighted to announce the return of Alliance with a brand new album Fire And Grace!

The band is:
Robert Berry: All vocals, Bass and keyboards  (solo artist, 3, and GTR)
Gary Pihl: All Guitars (Boston and Sammy Hagar)
David Lauser: Drums (Sammy Hagar And The Waboritas)

Produced by: ALLIANCE
All Arrangements by: ALLIANCE
Recorded at: Soundtek Studios, Campbell, CA.
GP Studio Boston
Engineered and Mixed By: Robert Berry
Mastered By: Alan Douches
Cover Artwork and design by: Richard Jones at webspaghetti, UK

Track listing:

1-DON’T STOP THE WHEEL TURNING 3:39  / 2- GOOD LIFE  4:03 / 3- UNCERTAIN 6:34 / 4- I'LL HAVE SOME OF THAT 4:43 / 5- FIRE AND GRACE 3:26 / 6- RAISE YOUR GLASS 3:24 / 7- TIME  4:38 / 8- REAL THING 4:33 / 9- REASON TO WALK AWAY 4:26 / 10- FAST FORWARD TO LAST NIGHT 3:13 / 11- CHANGE OF HEART 4:21 / 12- THE SAME 4:02 / 13*-YOU ARE THE HEROS 3:27 *bonus track with first pressing only

All songs: Winterlight Music ASCAP

It seems people often have differing recollections of important events. Everyone has their perspective or a different point of view. Sometimes it’s hard, even for trained eyes and ears to trace the roots of relationships or find the source of a fire. If you were a serious musical archaeologist or perhaps simply a curious person with a shovel, and you were in San Francisco’s fog shrouded North Beach area, specifically on Columbus Ave. in the late-80s you would have been digging through the ash and sifting through the rubble of Bill Graham’s venue known as Wolfgang’s after the big fire. If you were lucky you might have found crucial evidence, tattered threads or charred clues hinting to the origin of Alliance. It was at Wolfgang’s that long time Sammy Hagar drummer David Lauser and a bandmate, both recently set adrift from the positions they had graced for years until Hagar jumped to join Van Halen, came to see the Robert Berry Band perform. It seems Lauser, along with guitarist Gary Pihl and Gamma / Night Ranger keyboardist Alan ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald were searching for an allusive missing piece for a new project they were plotting. There was a spark for sure. But would it become a flame or a smouldering match?

 It seems like just yesterday that Gary called me about forming a group for the purpose of having a band outside of our main musical commitments. After several failed attempts with male and female vocalists and bassists, the illustrious A&R man, John Kalodner suggested we contact Robert Berry. Subsequently, Gary, Fitz and I jammed with Robert at Sammy Hagar's home studio. There was a definite spark. An immediate connection. Was that really 30 years ago? Spanning three decades and an ever changing musical landscape, Alliance has been truly a labor of love for all of us.” - David "Bro" Lauser

 I grew up thinking that being in a band would be the coolest thing ever. A musical oasis where everybody contributes creative parts to make a new and unique sound. Bands like Cream or Led Zeppelin had terrific guitar players but the other musicians were just as important in creating a style that was easily recognised and different from anyone else. Even different than the bands those players had been in before. The term, "supergroup" was coined to describe how several well-known players could bring their previous experiences to the melting pot of something new. A match, for sure. I'm very fortunate to be a part of what I think of as a supergroup. Fitz, David and Robert all have long histories with successful groups and Alliance has been our opportunity to take the best of what we have as individuals and create a new and unique identity.

One of my proudest moments with the band was arriving at our first gig and instead of addressing us by our individual names or past affiliations, the promoter just said, "Alliance?" ... our answer; "Yes, We Are!" - Gary Pihl

 As I look back on this musical journey called Alliance I can’t help but think that my band mates were, and still are, the best musical partnership I could have ever dream of. But, it almost didn’t happen. Timing is always an important ingredient for success. In 1986 Sammy Hagar left his band to join Van Halen. David Lauser, Alan Fitzgerald and Gary Pihl from Hagar’s band, were determined to continue their musical endeavours together. In their search they had come to see my band at Wolfgang’s in San Francisco. It was complicated by the fact that Steve Howe had just invited me to join him in GTR and I had planned to move to England. Gary had been invited to join Boston and David was still performing solo shows with Hagar. Jump ahead to 1989 and Gary, David and FItz still hadn’t come up with the right combination. I had just returned to the U.S. and the timing was perfect to start this new, yet unnamed band. Now, 30 years later, after all the writing and recording, the many miles traveled, and an honest, supportive friendship, we’ve done what I believe is the definitive Alliance album. Creative, non-compromising, and putting our heart and soul into every song. Alliance has all the ingredients of what a band should be. The fire still burns. - Robert Berry

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LONERIDER - ATTITUDE

 

 

  

Escape Music pleases to announce the release date for the Lonerider new album on 180gm Vinyl and CD!!  The Vinyl will be limited Edition to 500 copies only in transparent colour Gold, and all will be numbered! 1-500

  £13.99 + Shipping

Vinyl available to Pre-order now

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Release date: 26th April, 2019
Catalogue No CD: ESM329
Bar Code CD: 5031281003294
Catalogue No LP: ESMV1003
Barcode LP: 5031281010032

Band is:

Steve Overland: All vocals (FM / Shadowman / Solo artist)
Simon Kirke: Drums  (Free / Bad Company)
Steve Morris: All Guitars and keyboards  (Ian Gillan / Heartland)
Chris Childs: Bass (Thunder / Tyketto)
Brian J Anthony: Acoustic Guitars, mandolin and percussions (Steve Walsh / Overland)

Track lists:
1- My Imagination 3:19 / 2- Lonerider 3:38 / 3- Hard Heart to Break 4:12 / 4- Fast Train 3:57 / 5- Wanted Man 4:32 / 6- Yesterday Heroes 4:02 / 7- Angel without Wings 3:39 / 8- Rock ‘N Roll Dreamer 5:00 / 9- One in A Million 3:33 / 10- Gimme Your Love 3:46 / 11- Rhythm of Life 3:32 / 12- Heart & Soul 3:59

Double LP with 4 Bonus Tracks LP ONLY:
When Love Leaves Town 6:32
Have A Little Faith 4:01
Rock ‘N Roll Dreamer Acoustic version 5:00
Yesterday Heroes Acoustic version 4:02

Produced by Lonerider
Executive Producer: Khalil Turk
Mixed and Mastered by Brian J Anthony
All songs by Steve Overland/Steve Morris

Recorded at:
The Vale Studio, Worcestershire, UK by Chris D’Adda
The Tremolo Studio, Silverdale, Stoke on Trent, UK by Dan Roley
and by Brian J Anthony, USA

Every once in a while a new recording comes along with a line-up that makes your spine tingle, and here it is; “Attitude” by Lonerider. Not only does this quintet feature Steve Overland (FM, Solo, Shadowman), Steve Morris (Heartland, Shadowman) and Chris Childs (Thunder) but legendary drummer Simon Kirke of Free and Bad Company fame. With Brain J Anthony finishing the line-up we have a real force to be reckoned with. What are we to expect from this group of musicians? If you like Bad Company then this is going to be a treat for you. We have the feel of that classic Bad Company that we know and love, yet the songs are modern, fresh and vibrant. Simon has a drumming style that is unmistakeable and this shines through on all of the tracks (and an extra four on the LP version!).

There is a buzz surrounding the release already and the feedback is looking very promising indeed, this has surely got to be a stand out releases for 2019.

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APPEARANCE OF NOTHING -
IN TIMES OF DARKNESS

 

 

  

 

 

 

Release Date: 22 March 2019
Catalogue No: ESM328
Bar Code: 5 031281 00328 7

Track Listing:

01 Inside these Walls 06:32
02 The Black Sea 09:26
03 Storm 04:25
04 Erase 07:00
05 Deception 07:01
06 Disaster (Sweetest Enemy) 05:28
07 Lost 05:17
08 The Huntress 09:22

Appearance of Nothing is:
Omar Cuna - Vocals and Bass
Marc Petralito - Piano, Hammond, Synth
Ronnie Wolf - Drums
Manuel Meinen - Guitars
Albert Ibrahimaj - Guitars

Guest appearances:
Anna Murphy - Backing Vocals & Lead Vocals on ‘Storm’ & Lost’
Tina Guo - Cello on ‘The Black Sea’ & ‘Deception’
Christian Älvestam - Growls
Devon Graves - Vocals on ‘Disaster’

Drums, Vocals, Piano & Hammond recorded by Anna Murphy at Soundfarm Studios Guitars & Bass recorded by Tommy Vetterli at New Sound Studio Acoustic guitars recorded at Music’s Cool Studios Freiburg

Mixed by Anna Murphy
Mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios

 

Precision and prog metal: the two go hand in hand — especially in Switzerland, home to clockworks and quality craftsmanship.

True to that national spirit, Appearance Of Nothing are stepping right into the tradition of outstanding and unique metal, Made In Switzerland (ever heard of Coroner, Eluveitie, or perhaps Celtic Frost?). Honing their skills together since 2004, the band around founding members Marc Petralito (piano, hammond, synths) and Omar Cuna (bass & vocals), along with shredders Manuel Meinen & Albert Ibrahimaj  and drummer Ronnie Wolf, have always felt true to Prog with a capital letter — think Opeth, Dream Theater, or Symphony X.

With their new single ‘Storm’ they mark an explosive return after parting ways with their former lead singer in 2017. Keys blazing, the creative driving force Marc proudly places his giant synth walls right where they should be: front and center. The newest family members Albert Ibrahimaj (two-time winner of a prestigious Berklee College of Music scholarship) and Manuel Meinen — both acclaimed guitar teachers — have found themselves right at home, driving the band’s sound forward along with Ronnie, who has been making a name for himself for over 30 years ever since his work on the legendary 1985 album ‘Young Blood’ by Killer. Omar, finally, having already made the unusual transition from dancer to bass player early in his career, showcases how he inherited the position of main vocalist and frontman without skipping a note on his bass.

A new album has been completed as well, although the band remain shrouded regarding a potential release date. They can, however, announce some explosive details already: the record has been recorded and produced with none other than the undisputed queen of Swiss metal, Anna Murphy (Cellar Darling, ex-Eluveitie) at Soundfarm Studios, has been mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Leprous, Symphony X & more), and features illustrious guest performers including Anna Murphy herself, cello virtuoso Tina Guo (Hans Zimmer, ‘Wonder Woman’ soundtrack), Devon Graves of the legendary Psychotic Waltz, and former Scar Symmetry vocalist Christian Älvestam. Last, but not least, Appearance of Nothing’s new guitar sound was created at Swiss guitar legend Tommy Vetterli’s New Sound Studio.

Appearance of Nothing are getting ready to take part in the European stages in 2019,

Video for The Black Sea: https://youtu.be/ExZbwtOi7W8

Tour dates so far:
02.03.2019 - Switzerland, Musigburg Aarburg
UK & Ireland
21.03.2019 - Sheffield Studio
22.03.2019 - North Wales, Hammerfest
23.03.2019 - Cardiff The Globe
24.03.2019 - Birmingham Hare & Hounds
26.03.2019 - Norwich The Waterfront Studio
27.03.2019 - Hull The Welly 2
28.03.2019 - Glasgow Audio
29.03.2019 - Dublin On The Rox
30.03.2019 - Manchester Academy 3
31.03.2019 - London Jazz Cafe Camden

20.04.2019 - Germany, Lörrach
31.08.2019 - Switzerland, Club Natters
21.09.2019 - Switzerland, Club Metbar Lenzburg
13.09.2019 - Italy, to_be_confirmed
14.09.2019 - Italy, to_be_confirmed
15.09.2019 - Italy, to_be_confirmed

More dates will be announced soon including Germany!

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TUG OF WAR - SOULFIRE

 

 

  

 

 

 

Release Date: 22 February 2019
Catalogue No: ESM327
Bar Code: 5 031281 003270

Format CD

Track list:

1. Before I Will Know  4:11
2. Bullet With Your Name  4:22
3. Come Home  4:17
4. Confess To Your Demons  4:00
5. Fade To Black  3:20
6. I Won’t Surrender  3:46
7. Have Mercy  4:23
8. My Soul Is A Ghost Town  4:40
9. On The Other Side  4:44
10. Somewhere in the past  4:52
11. Walk It Like A Man  4:51
12. Full Of S**T  3:10

Tug Of War is:

BK Morrison - Lead vocals
Tommy Denander - Guitars & keyboards
Brian Anthony - Bass
George Hawkins Jr Bass
Billy Orrico - drums
Chris Ousey - Backing vocals
Bill Champlin - Backing vocals
Joseph Williams - Backing vocals

Produced by Tommy Denander and Khalil Turk
Executive Producer Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.
Mixed and Mastered by Brian J Anthony
Artwork By Eric Philipe

TUG OF WAR - biography

Once in a while a new epic voice comes into the world of rock and roll!
Let us introduce you to BK Morrison.

Canadian singer BK Morrison has been a well kept secret from the world and only once he started posting some videos on Youtube of himself singing to various tracks in his living room did he attract the attention of Swedish guitarist, song writer and producer Tommy Denander.
The two quickly became friends and Tommy felt that this amazing voice must finally be heard to everyone so he actually wrote a whole album of great songs.

BK flew over to Stockholm and recorded all vocals at the famous old EMI/Abbey Road Stockholm studio where Tommy worked.
Tommy played the album for Khalil Turk at Escape Music who really liked it and a deal was done.
The plan in the future is to build a new band around BK, so Khalil chose the band name Tug Of War instead of doing a solo album.

The album is solely written by Tommy Denander who plays guitars and keyboards plus also produced it together with Khalil Turk.

It features a great list of people like Chris Ousey (Heartland / Snakecharmer), Bill Champlin (Chicago) and Joseph Williams (Toto) on backing vocals, Billy Orrico (Punky Meadows) on drums and Brian Anthony (Steve Walsh) on bass plus mix and mastering.

Get ready for a new favourite singer in the style of David Coverdale, Bob Seger, Richard Marx and Lou Gramm.

 

 

Track 1-

Before I Will Know

Track 2-

Bullet With Your Name

Track 3-

Come Home

Track 4-

Confess To Your Demons

Track 5-

Fade To Black

Track 6-

I Won't Surrender

Track 7-

Have Mercy

Track 8-

My Soul Is A Ghost Town

Track 9-

On The Other Side

Track 10-

Somewhere In The Past

Track 11-

Walk Like  Man

Track 12-

Full Of S**T

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VIANA - FOREVER FREE

 

 

  

 

 

 

Release Date: 25th January 2019
Catalogue No: ESM326
Bar Code: 5 031281 003263

Track list: 1- Forever Free  4:15 / 2- In the name of Love 3:55 / 3- Heart of Stone 5:26 / 4- We can’t choose 3:38 / 5- Who do you think you are 4:39 / 6- Live Free or Die 4:15 / 7- Do you Remember 4:59 / 8- Friday Night 3:39 / 9- I Wanna tell you 4:19 / 10- We will never say goodbye 4:47

Bryan Cole – Lead Vocals / Backing vocals (Giant, Steelcity, Marc Scherer and Jennifer Batton “Battlezone”,and solo artist)
Stefano Viana – Guitars
Terry Brock – Backing vocals (duet on “Do you remember”)
Anna Portalupi – Bass  (Hardline, Terry Brock)
Adam Ernst  – Drums
Francesco Marras – Guitar
Pasquale India - Keyboards

Special Guest: John Roth (Winger, Starship), lead guitar on “Heart of Stone” and “Forever Free” and second solo part “Do you remember”

Mixed and Mastered by Alessandro Del Vecchio
Produced by Stefano Viana & Bryan Cole / vocals produced by Terry Brock

Stefano Viana is an Italian guitarist, songwriter and producer who has already caused a stir with his first album “Viana” (2017) which received very positive reviews. Following his passion with enthusiasm Stefano contacted singer and producer Bryan Cole (Giant, Steel City, solo artist) and started to work on new material. Alessandro Del Vecchio was the vocalist on the first outing but this time Bryan Cole is at the mike stand. The music was recorded in a studio like in the “good old days” and this has made a great impact on the end result as the musicians have bonded and made a richer sound.

This new album features some great musicians such as Terry Brock and Francesco Marras and also boasts the talents of great American guitar player John Roth from Giant, Winger and Starship. The 10 tracks we have here are all strong songs, there are no fillers here.. just great melodic hard rock played with a passion and flair. This is one album that is going to be talked out in the coming weeks.

Keep the flame of your passions alive and be “Forever Free”….

 

 

Track 1-

Forever Free

Track 2-

In The Name Of Love

Track 3-

Heart Of Stone

Track 4-

We Can't Choose

Track 5-

Who Do You Think You Are

Track 6-

Live Free Or Die

Track 7-

Do You Remember

Track 8-

Friday Night

Track 9-

I Wanna Tell You

Track 10-

We Will Never Say Goodbye

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JEROME MAZZA - OUTLAW SON

 

 

  

 

 

 

Release Date: 23 November 2018
Catalogue No: ESM325
Bar Code: 5 031281 00325 6

Track list: Neverland  4:03 / Immortal 3:58 / The Dark Side 3:10 / Streets On Fire 5:03 / The Last Goodbye 4:38 / Undercover Love 4:08 / Song For The People 3:37 / Save The Best Til Last 3:38 / Crossfire 4:12 / Calm Before The Storm 4:00 / Outlaw Son 3:44 / Unfinished Business 3:19

Jerome Mazza – Lead & Background vocals
Tommy Denander – Guitars / Keyboards
Steve Overland – Backing vocals
Brian Anthony – Bass
Chris Metzger  – Drums / percussion

Produced by Khalil Turk & Tommy Denander
Mixed and Mastered by Brian J Anthony
Executive Producer: Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.

 

Jerome Mazza is a singer / songwriter born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennyslvania.

At the age of 8 he taught himself how to play the guitar and sing after being influenced by guitarist and singer Mark Farner (Grand Funk).

Playing guitar and singing through his teenage years Jerome joined his first band at age 19 and toured the east coast in various rock and pop bands. He started writing songs at age 25 and was very influenced by progressive rock band Kansas.

In 1990 Jerome became the vocalist for Christian metal band Angelica. To this day the album “Walking in Faith” by Angelica remains their most respected release.

Moving on to 2015 Jerome recorded a solo album and then joined forces with Torben Enevoldsen for the band “Pinnacle Point”. It was at this point that Khalil from Escape Music approached Jerome when he discovered him on YouTube singing for the band “Pinnacle Point”. Khalil invited Jerome to sing duet with Steve Walsh on the song “Born In Fire” on the new Steve Walsh CD “Black Butterfly” (Nov 2017 ESM311).  Jerome’s performance was so outstanding that Khalil asked him to be a guest to sing additional songs on the Steve Walsh “Black Butterfly” album.  It was an easy decision for Jerome to make and the result was explosive!

It became obvious that Jerome should record a new solo album and here it is in all its glory! This is a masterpiece of melodic rock featuring Jerome’s incredible vocal range. With backing from musicians that were also featured on the Steve Walsh “Black Butterfly” album, this will be one of the most talked about releases of the year!

 

 

Track 1-

Neverland

Track 2-

Immortal

Track 3-

The Dark Side

Track 4-

Streets On Fire

Track 5-

The Last Goodbye

Track 6-

Undercover Love

Track 7-

Song For The People

Track 8-

Save The Best Til Last

Track 9-

Crossfire

Track 10-

Calm Before The Storm

Track 11-

Outlaw Son

Track 12-

Unfinished Business

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HEAVEN'S TRAIL - RISE

 

 

  

 Escape Music is pleased to announce the release date for Heaven’s Trail on Vinyl and CD!!  
The Vinyl will be limited Edition to 500 copies only in transparent colour Red, and all will be numbered!

 

 

 

 

 

Release date: 26th Oct, 2018
Catalogue No CD: ESM324
Bar Code CD: 5031281003249
Catalogue No LP: ESMV1001
Barcode LP: 5031281010018

Track List:
1 Lethal Mind (4.39)
2 Too Late (4.37)
3 Changes (5.03)
4 Carousel (4.35)
5 Feed my Soul (4.51)
6 On The Rise (4.28)
7 The Flame (4.59)
8 Walking in the shadows (5.28)
9 Voodoo (4.14)
10 King of Pain (3.44)
11 Simplified (4.25)

Heaven’s Trail is:
Rick Altzi - Vocals (Masterplan, ex At Vance)
Barish Kepic - Guitars and Keyboards (ex-Jaded Heart, Powerworld, and Evidence One)
Michael Muller - Bass (Jaded Heart, ex-Mad Max)
Kevin Kott - Drums (Masterplan, ex At Vance)

Produced by Barish Kepic
Mixed and Mastered by Brian Anthony
Executive Producer Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.

Heaven’s Trail is a brand new German Metal / Rock band formed by ex-Jaded Heart member Barish Kepic. Also in the line-up is another Jaded Heart member Michael Muller. These two respected musicians are joined by Masterplan members Kevin Kott on Drums and Vocalist Rick Altzi. So here we have an exciting new band that are made up of two of Germany’s finest Metal / Rock Bands. Barish Kepic is the principal songwriter and has arranged and produced all the songs on this exciting new album. With Brian Anthony twiddling the knobs then we are in for a real treat.

Their music is very powerful and hits home with great melodies and fantastic musicianship. Why not check out the video of “On the Rise” on you tube and get a taste of what these guys are all about. Make a date in your diary for October when this exciting album will be released, you won’t be disappointed.

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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.

 

Track 1-

I'm Alive

Track 2-

Crossed The Line

Track 3-

Aryon

Track 4-

Forever Again

Track 5-

Stranded

Track 6-

All Your Life

Track 7-

The Wait

Track 8-

I Will Be There For You

Track 9-

Nothing But A Heartache

Track 10-

Wine

Track 11-

Desperate Heart

Track 12-

Signs Of Life

Track 13-

Love Is Alive

Track 14-

Aryon (Radio Edit)

 

Track 1-

Aryon Overture

Track 2-

Stained (Gone)

Track 3-

The Morning After (Time To Run)

Track 4-

Motorcycle Messiah

Track 5-

Shine

Track 6-

Bliss

Track 7-

If For One Moment

Track 8-

Canyon (We Are One Tribe)

Track 9-

Flame Of The Oracle

Track 10-

The Ooze

Track 11-

Inner Child (Exorcise)

Track 12-

Black Mountain

Track 13-

Keep On Breathin'

Track 14-

Shine (Finale)

Track 15-

Trans Americana Symphony

Track 16-

Rapture (Ode to Aryon)

Track 17-

Maniacs

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CITA
- RELAPSE OF REASON / HEAT OF EMOTION [Double Digipak CD]

 

 

  

Remastered, Limited to 1000 copies only 

 

 

 

Release date: 20th July 2018
Catalogue No: ESM322
Bar Code: 503128100322 5

CITA: is

Danny Martinez – Guitar & Lead Vocals
Antz Trujillo – Guitar, Keyboards & Vocals
Troy Benson – Drums, Percussion & Vocals
Joe Marone – Bass & Vocals

Heat of Emotion  CD 1

Far Behind 4.57 / Heat of Emotion 4.32 / Life Goes On 4.27 / Endless Summer / 4.38 / Livin’ 4 Somebody Else 3.48 / Fly Angel Fly 4.09 / Miles away 5.10 / Say a Prayer 4.59 / Can’t we make it 4.38 / I’ll cry no more 5.29 / Find my way 6.46 Bonus Tracks: Cold Sweat 3.09 / Far Behind (live) 4.42 / Can’t we make it (live) 4.43 / Say a prayer (live) 6.22

Produced by Bobby Barth / Engineered by Robert Reents, Ian Gilchrist & John Kibble
Mixed by Bobby Barth & Lior Zelmanowicz
Recorded & Mixed in Denver, Colorado June 94 to Feb 95.

Mastered by: JK Northrup at Alien Productions

Relapse of Reason CD 2

Everytime (I Close my eyes) 4.25 / Through the Years 3.50 / These Eyes 4.04 / Stand or Fall 4.46 / Two Hearts 5.26 / Steal Another Fantasy 4.20 / Relapse of Reason 4.46 / The Fall 4.29 / No Heroes 5.43 / Who will you run to 4.43 / Changes 4.48 / Silent Soldier 5.43

Bonus Tracks: Heat of Emotion (live) 5.01 / Through the Years (live) 4.08 / Relapse of reason (live) 4.48 / These Eyes (live) 4.11

Produced by Bobby Barth for N.E.H. production engineered by Ian Gilchrist
Mixed by Mark Pinske, Ian Gilchrist and Bobby Barth recorded at Big Bug Studios, Denver, Colorado
13~15 recorded in Germany during the summer of 1997 Mixed at N.E.H. Studios in Colorado, USA

Keyboards by Bob Harris
Additional keyboards by Eddie Guion and Anthony “Antz” Trujillo Background vocals by C.I.T.A.,
Bob Harris, Bobby Barth and Matty Mastered by Mark Pinske

Mastered by: JK Northrup at Alien Productions

 

Forged from what was left of the hairspray and decadence of the 1980’s hard rock scene, four high school friends were hell-bent on carving their name in the annals of rock n’ roll Their roots extend back to 1989 when the band was named “Caught in the Act”. These four were Danny Martinez, Anthony Trujillo, Joe Marone and Troy Benson. Through hard work and determination they became one of the most popular bands on the Denver rock scene. Despite being caught up in the grunge movement the band pressed on and were noticed by Bobby Barth of the band “AXE”. Eventually a deal was struck with a swedish label and the first release “Relapse of Reason” hit the streets. The result was explosive and put the band on the map. Soon after the follow up “Heat of Emotion” was released in Germany to critical acclaim. As success grew a boy band with the same name sued the band and so they changed their name to a more catchy “CITA”.  By this time Marone and Benson had left and were replaced by Lostetter and Stuntz. CITA eventually became Guild of Ages but they had already made their mark with two classic melodic rock albums. Timeless Music.

Track 1-

Far Behind

Track 2-

Heat Of Emotion

Track 3-

Life Goes On

Track 4-

Endless Summer

Track 5-

Livin’ 4 Somebody Else

Track 6-

Fly Angel Fly

Track 7-

Miles Away

Track 8-

Say A Prayer

Track 9-

Can’T We Make It

Track 10-

I’Ll Cry No More

Track 11-

Find My Way

Track 12-

Cold Sweat

Track 13-

Far Behind (Live)

Track 14-

Can’T We Make It (Live)

Track 15-

Say A Prayer (Live)

 

Track 1-

Everytime (I Close My Eyes)

Track 2-

Through The Years

Track 3-

These Eyes

Track 4-

Stand Or Fall

Track 5-

Two Hearts

Track 6-

Steal Another Fantasy

Track 7-

Relapse Of Reason

Track 8-

The Fall

Track 9-

No Heroes

Track 10-

Who Will You Run To

Track 11-

Changes

Track 12-

Silent Soldier

Track 13-

Heat Of Emotion (Live)

Track 14-

Through The Years (Live)

Track 15-

Relapse Of Reason (Live)

Track 16-

These Eyes (Live)

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GUILD OF AGES
- RISE

 

 

  

Guild of Ages 'Rise' will be released in CD and Vinyl formats

 

 

 

Release date: 29th June 2018
Catalogue Number CD: ESM321
Barcode: 503128100321 8
Catalogue Number VINYL : ESMV1000
Barcode: 50312801000 1

Track list:
1. Intro 2:27
2. Deep In Heaven 7:13
3. Around The Sun 4:30
4. Addicted 3:55
5. Every Road Leads Me Home 5:06
6. All Fall Down 4:47
7. Awaken 4:08
8. Love Rules All 4:13
9. I’ll Keep Burnin’ 4:10
10. Rise Another Day  3:37
11. Hearts Collide 4:46
12. Outro 0:54

Band is:
Anthony 'Antz' Trujillo - Guitars, keyboards, vocals
Danny Martinez Jr - Lead Vocals, guitars
James Lostetter - Bass
Steve Stuntz - Drums, vocals
Additional Piano: JC Cernan on "All Fall Down"

Produced by Guild of Ages
Mixed by: Steve Stuntz and Anthony ‘Antz’ Trujillo
Mastered by:JK Northrup
Music by Guild of Ages
Lyrics by Antz Trujillo & Danny Martinez Jr
Cover art by Eric Philippe at www.redhead-or-dead.com
Photography by Dwight 'Bubba’ Berry

Guild of Ages roots extend all the way back to 1989. The band was named Caught in the Act and they played every battle of the bands, benefit show or backyard party they could. The band quickly rose among the ranks of the most popular bands on the Denver rock scene. After winning a number of Battle of the Bands competitions, Caught in the Act started gaining attention from agents, management companies and A&R. The early 1990's brought about a significant change in the music scene away from Hard Rock, Metal and Melodic Rock. Bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam became popular. Caught in the Act seemed to press on, despite the unpopularity of their music and it paid off. The band was noticed by former Axe / Blackfoot vocalist and guitarist Bobby Barth. Barth lived in Los Angeles and brought the band out for a recording session in the summer of 1992. The trip changed the landscape for the band significantly. After a drummer replacement, Caught in the Act sent a number of demo recordings to various record labels in Europe, Japan and the US. The melodic rock scene was still very much alive in Europe and Japan. The Scandinavian record label Empire Records offered the band a recording and distribution deal in 1993 and Caught in the Act began recording ‘Act 1:Relapse of Reason’. Relapse of Reason was well received in both Europe and Japan. The boys began recording their follow up almost immediately after the release of their first effort, despite turmoil. Two member changes happened after the release of Relapse of Reason, but core members Antz Trujillo (guitar) and Danny Martinez (vocals) remained. Bassist Jim Lostetter and drummer Steve Stuntz joined in 1994, The band recorded and released Heat of Emotion and was subsequently signed to MTM Music in Europe and Toshiba EMI in Japan. The Heat of Emotion Cd received critical acclaim and served as a fantastic follow-up to their first release. The band was in demand and secured their first European tour as an opening act on the Pink Cream 69 - 1997 summer tour. Caught in the Act was sued shortly thereafter by a Scandinavian "Boy Band" with the same name. Despite using the acronym CITA, the band was issued a cease and desist order and forced to change the name after nearly a decade. Guild of Ages was reborn in 1998, toured Europe that year with Axe, released 3 more studio CD's (One, Vox Dominatas, Citadel) and 1 Live CD (Live Over Germany). The band parted ways in 2002... In August of 2014, GOA was asked to reunite and play a festival show in Nottingham, England. Firefest: The Final Fling! The band agreed to play the show. The band had a number of ‘warm up’ shows lined up to help get back into the groove known as Guild of Ages. It was evident that the band still had chemistry and sounded as if they had never split. During these warm up gigs, they decided to reunite Guild of Ages not only for Firefest, but for years to come. The band travelled to England knowing that they planned on putting the band back together, but they had no idea the fan base was so strong. Even after all those years. The band finished recording 12 new tracks in December 2017. A chance inquiry from Khalil Turk of Escape Music Ltd, happened in early January 2018. Escape Music was very interested to secured a deal to release the long-awaited new Guild of Ages album RISE …. now is coming on the 29th June 2018

All previous catalogue from CITA and Guild of Ages will be re-mastered and repackaged and will be available on Escape Music in the near future!!!

 

Track 1-

Intro

Track 2-

Deep In Heaven

Track 3-

Around The Sun

Track 4-

Addicted

Track 5-

Every Road Leads Me Home

Track 6-

All Fall Down

Track 7-

Awaken

Track 8-

Love Rules All

Track 9-

I'll Keep Burnin'

Track 10-

Rise Another Day

Track 11-

Hearts Collide

Track 12-

Outro

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MASS - WHEN 2 WORLDS COLLIDE

 

 

  

 

 

 

Release Date: 25th May 2018
Catalogue No: ESM320
Bar Code: 5 03128100320 1

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…

 

Track 1-

Just Can't Deny

Track 2-

Only A Dream

Track 3-

Falling In Love

Track 4-

Alive

Track 5-

Second Hand Rose

Track 6-

Turn It Over

Track 7-

Revenge For The Maiden

Track 8-

Some Time Ago

Track 9-

Stand Alone

Track 10-

Time Marches On

Track 11-

When 2 Worlds Collide

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THE JON BUTCHER AXIS
- STARE AT THE SUN

 

 

  

 

 

 

Release Date: 25th May 2018
Catalogue No: ESM319
Bar Code: 5 031281 00319 5

Track listing: 1- Wind it up  3:20 / 2- Victims 4:15 / 3-Dreams Fade Away 4:07 / 4- Stay Low 3:56/ 5- Can’t tell the dancer from the dance  3:44 / 6- Don’t say Goodnight 3:22 / 7- Walk on the moon 5:24 / 8- Call to Arms 3:43 / 9-Eros Arriving 3:37 / 10- Breakout 3:11

Produced and engineered by Pat Moran
Mastered by J K Northrup At Alien Productions

For a time in the early 1980’s it looked like as if Jon Butcher’s career would know no bounds. As anyone who picked up a copy of the self-titled Jon Butcher Axis album upon its original release in 1983 would concur, here was a star on the rise. Such an upwards trajectory was well deserved given his undeniable talent, the quality of that debut and the ensuing sophomore affair “Stare at the Sun”. Indeed both albums should have resulted in greater rewards than they ultimately did at the time.

Although Jon would enjoy a good deal of recognition for later recorded work, such as “Wishes” (released under his own name rather than the band handle), perhaps the answer to any questions that are asked over Butcher’s lack of bigger and more sustained success may be allied to the one that asks “why has it taken well over thirty years for his first two records to be officially released on CD? Sure, several of the best tracks from both albums have surfaced on compilations of Jon’s work but never before has either album been issued on its entirety on a silver shiny disc. That is about to change…

Jon had an obsession with the guitar from age 5 and his first real band was called Johanna Wild, a band that certainly caught the attention of many people…. his influences including BB King, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy.

Many people believe that “Stare at the Sun” was Jon’s finest work and claim it to be the best album he ever released under any moniker. Songs like “Wind it up” and “Don’t say Goodnight” are certainly songs that deserve your attention.  

The result of his success afforded further growing popularity for the band, which added the opportunity to tour with Rush ('Signals' tour '83),Def Leppard ('Pyromania' tour '83) and Scorpions ('Hurricane' tour '84). amongst others.

Jon Butcher has an undeniable talent and this 10 track album from the classic early eighties era shows just what this man had to offer.

 

Track 1-

Wind It Up

Track 2-

Victims

Track 3-

Dreams Fade Away

Track 4-

Stay Low

Track 5-

Can't Tell The Dancer From The Dance

Track 6-

Don't Say Goodnight

Track 7-

Walk On The Moon

Track 8-

Call To Arms

Track 9-

Eros Arriving

Track 10-

Breakout

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AMERICAN TEARS - HARD CORE

 

 

  

 

 

 

Release date: 23rd April 2018
Catalogue Number: ESM318
Barcode: 5031281003188

Track List:
1. HARD CORE  (3:03)
2. CARNIVORE  (4:56)
3. LOST IN TIME  (4.11)
4. FYRE  (4:29)
5. SMOKE AND MIRRORS  (5:06)
6. THE FERRYMAN  (4:23)
7. NUCLEAR  (4:10)
8. TEAR GAS  (4:17)
9. LORDS OF LIGHT  (5:29)
10. DEPLORABLE  (4:57)
11. BOTTOMS UP  (7:12)
12. AT LAST  (5:37)

Produced and Engineered by Mark Mangold
Artwork by: Nello Dell'Omo

American Tears is an American keyboard trio that released it's first record, Branded Bad, on Columbia Records in 1974 and it's second, Tear Gas, in 1975.  Formed in the fertile musical environment of Long Island, New York, the band was initially made up of Gary Sonny, on bass, Tommy Gunn on drums and Mark Mangold on keys and vocals. For the second record Greg Baze took over the bass duties.  The band was a power keyboard trio, using keyboards of the day, Hammond organ, synths, mellotron, clavinet, electronic melodica and playing progressive music which showed the bands stellar musicianship.  Eclectic in their approach, their heartfelt music ranged from aggressive keyboard based extravaganzas to beautiful lush melodies circling pop of the day..

The band was fortunate to have toured major venues with such bands as Peter Frampton, J. Geils, Alvin Lee, Gentle Giant, Gary Wright, John McLaughlin and many others. They reached a wide audience and had an impressive show, topped off by Mangold doing handstands on his Hammond. Mark, surrounded by 12 keyboards, Tommy being almost invisible behind a huge battery of drums, with Gary, and later Greg, showing their bass virtuosity in front of a wall of amps, the band stressed musicianship and musicality, while exploring new sounds, and always pushing the envelope.

The third American Tears album, Powerhouse, added the guitarist and singer, Craig Brooks, and the band evolved into the critically acclaimed band Touch...but that is another story.

This fourth American Tears album "Hard Core" heralds the return by Mark to this keyboard based approach, using instruments only available in the 70's when the band made it's first foray.  In fact this band may be the only band on the planet playing exclusively keyboard rock.  With influences from his earlier work, tipping an occassional hat to ELP, Moody Blues and even Deep Purple, this new album shows the daring, and pure emotion, that can be ripped out of those instruments.  American Tears defies the term "generic" as this purely original music, and scathing lyrics, have few if any standards for comparison.

 

Track 1-

Hard Core

Track 2-

Carnivore

Track 3-

Lost In Time

Track 4-

Fyre

Track 5-

Smoke And Mirrors

Track 6-

The Ferryman

Track 7-

Nuclear

Track 8-

Tear Gas

Track 9-

Lords Of Light

Track 10-

Deplorable

Track 11-

Bottoms Up

Track 12-

At Last

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THE MOOD GROOVE

 

 

  

 

 

 

Release Date: 20th April 2018
Catalogue No: ESM317
Bar Code: 5 031281 00317 1

Track List:
1. Funk Soul Sister  4:44 / 2. Launching Pad  4:18 / 3. Moon Calling Sun 5:13 / 4. I'm a Pharmacist 5:20 / 5. I Just Wanna Sit Down 4:05 / 6. We Are the Mushroom Men 3:49 / 7. Never Count the Cost 4:15 / 8. Stone Dead Man 2:18 / 9. Disintegrating Gods 3:31 / 10. Leaning Too Far In 4:44

The Mood Groove is-
Ed Balldinger- Lead and Backing Vocal, Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Vibe
JK Northrup- Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Keyboards, Backing Vocal, Vibe
Glenn Hicks- Drums, Lead and Backing Vocal, Vibe
Larry Hart- Bass, Backing Vocal, Vibe

Additional Lead Vocals by-
Willy Seltzer- Moon Calling Sun
Buddy Davis- Stone Dead Man

Featuring backing vocals by Diana Short and The Salamander Choir Boys including Willy Seltzer, Buddy Davis, Dr. DruP, Richie D., John Short, StatMaster Rob and the Mood Groove

Phil Ireland- Harmonica and Vibe on Stone Dead Man

Produced by- JK Northrup
Co-Produced by- Ed Balldinger
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by- JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio
For more info, please visit- www.jknorthrup.com
All songs written by- Ed Balldinger and JK Northrup

The Mood Groove was formed by Ed Balldinger and JK Northrup as an outlet to create and record music that stretched their collective imaginations and to invite listeners to something a little different.  Their goal was to be “Out of the box” and not be confined to any particular style or genre, yet to be a part of them all.  As JK says, “It is musical ear candy for the brain, so the third eye can see again! ”Ed Balldinger is an amazing, if not eclectic lyricist, or “Wordsmith” and published poet, as well as a talented guitarist with a wide variety of musical influences.  JK brings his skills as a songwriter, producer, recording engineer and guitarist.  Together they have combined their song-writing skills to create 10 songs in the vein of Rock, Funk, Psychedelic, Soul, Blues, Experimental, Gospel and most of all, Mood and Groove!

JK and Ed brought in the powerhouse rhythm section of Larry Hart on bass (Gypsy Soul, Montrose, King Kobra, Shortino-Northrup) and Glenn Hicks on drums and vocals (Gypsy Soul, Shortino-Northrup).  With much of their performances being played powerfully off the cuff, it adds an element of “live” to the album!  Glenn and Larry both played with JK in Gypsy Soul with Johnny Edwards on vocals from 1987-1989, and then again on several songs for the Shortino-Northrup “Back On Track” album in 1993.  

Adding female backing vocals by Diana Short gives a Pink Floyd, Zappa sound to some songs, while having other singers on a few songs to add a variety of vocal textures and feel.

If you like bands such as Living Colour and Mother Finest then this is the album to add to your music collection!

 

Track 1-

Funk Soul Sister

Track 2-

Launching Pad

Track 3-

Moon Calling Sun

Track 4-

I'm A Pharmacist

Track 5-

I Just Wanna Sit Down

Track 6-

We Are The Mushroom Men

Track 7-

Never Count The Cost

Track 8-

Stone Dead Man

Track 9-

Disintegrating Gods

Track 10-

Leaning Too Far In

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DRIVE, SHE SAID - REAL LIFE

 

 

  

 We are pleased to announce the release of Drive, She Said “Real Life” album Completely Remixed and Mastered!!

 

 

 

Release Date: 23 March 2018
Catalogue No: ESM316
Bar Code: 5 031281 00316 4

Track list: :
1 Real Life  5:12 / 2 Stronger   5:33 / 3 We Live For Love  4:36 / 4 Whats it Gonna Take  4:22 /
5 Silverwhite   3:39 / 6 Overdrive    4:09 / 7 Find Your Place 5:10 / 8 All Your Heart   4:42 / 9 Hold Me    5:36 / 10 When WIll It Be Love 4:48 / 11 How Can I Be Sure 5:37 / 12 Always and Forever (Godz) / 4:43 / 13 Believe 4:45

Drive, She Said is:
Al Fritsch - Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Mark Mangold - Keys and Background Vocals
Jonathan Mover - Drums

Produced by Mark Mangold and Al Fritsch
Re-Mixed in 2017 by Brian Anthony and Mark Mangold
Recordings engineered by Mark Mangold and Al Fritsch at Mariel's Kitchen Studios, N.Y. and Jack's House Studios, N.J.
Drums Recorded at Skyline Studios engineered by Jonathan Mover and Alex Olson.
Vocal Extravaganza Arrangements by Al
Artwork by Nello Del Omo
Cover Concept by Drive, She Said

DRIVE, SHE SAID is a melodic metal duo that has recorded 6 records.  Having started out on CBS in the U.S., made up of Mark Mangold and Al Fritsch, D,SS is known for their stellar vocals, anthemic songs and scathing musicianship

Mangold, a renowned keyboardist, and his creative partner in Drive, She said, the amazing singer/multi-instrumentist Al Fritsch, met in 1988 and started writing and paving the way for their acclaimed first album Drive, She Said on Columbia records. The band toured extensively, playing with such bands as FM, UFO and others, and performing at numerous Festivals.

In 2003 Mark and Al joined with drummer Jonathan Mover to create the album "Real Life".

According to Mangold "When we started it was important to carve out an original sound, and hopefully also have a "hit. We have always wanted to make our music totally over the top!  One of the favorite records we ever did is "Real Life" but the original release never sounded the way we wanted it to.  It has the walls of vocals, and musicianship, and hopefully anthemic, and sometimes progressive, songs we enjoyed doing and I am ecstatic that we were now able to remix and release it the way it was meant to be.   I am also happy that Al's legacy is preserved as to listen to this record is to be surrounded by Al Fritch's voice, playing and energy.”

 

Track 1-

Real Life

Track 2-

Stronger

Track 3-

We Live For Love

Track 4-

What's It Gonna Take

Track 5-

Silverwhite

Track 6-

Overdrive

Track 7-

Find Your Place

Track 8-

All Your Heart

Track 9-

Hold Me

Track 10-

When Will It Be Love

Track 11-

How Can I Be Sure

Track 12-

Always And Forever

Track 13-

Believe

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SALTY DOG - LOST TREASURE

 

 

  

 

 

 

Release Date: 23 March 2018
Catalogue No: ESM315
Bar Code: 5 031281 00315 7

Track list:
1. Damned If I Do 4:24 / 2. I Need More 3:25 / 3. Walk Softly 5:07 / 4. Open Sezme 4:05 / 5. Mission On A Hill 5:21 / 6. All That Glitters 4:20 / 7. Woman Scorned / 3:31 / 8. Honeysuckle Wind 4:03 / 9. Didju 3:12 / 10. Old Fashioned Love 4:32 / 11. When Fools Rush In 5:33

Band is:
Pete Reveen
– Guitar and Banjo
Khurt Maier
– Drums
Darrel Beach
– Vocals
Hilljack Hannon
- Bass

Produced by Pete Reveen
Engineered by Gary Wagner, Tito Jackson’s “The Pit” Studio
Engineered by Brian Foraker , Goodnight LA Studio
Mastered by Neil Merryweather,  Magicbox Studio
All songs written by Reveen and Beach
“Open Sezme” written by Pete Reveen
Artwork by Richard J Jones

Salty Dog are a hard rock band formed in late 1986 in Los Angeles and originally consisted of Jimmi Bleacher, Scott Lane, Michael Hannon and Khurt Maier (Ratt, Max Havoc). The band released its first record in 1990, titled "Every Dog has its day” composed of all original songs except for a cover of Willie Dixon’s “Spoonful”. Guitarist Pete Reveen had joined the band by this time, and his input improved the band’s sound immensely. The band showed great promise in the early 1990s, and at one point ruled the sunset strip and Hollywood. Things were looking so promising but they were sadly lost in the shuffle when the grunge-rock movement hit in late 1991.

Thankfully this dog has still got a day… and more as we are about to find out with this exciting new release entitled “Lost Treasure”. The line up here includes the great Darrel Beach on vocals and with production from Pete we have the great recordings you are about to hear. This is great American rock played just as it should be. The band have drawn influences from Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith and have also tinged some early blues into their fantastic sound.

The songs on “Lost Treasure” should have been released many moons ago, as the band says “The music is bad-ass and has a lot of attitude” But, back then it was never meant to be so here we are with these fantastic songs now, it’s so good that the band have proved that a good dog can’t be put down, this dog lives to fight another day.

 

Track 1-

Damned If I Do

Track 2-

I Need More

Track 3-

Walk Softly

Track 4-

Open Sezme

Track 5-

Mission On A Hill

Track 6-

All That Glitters

Track 7-

Woman Scorned

Track 8-

Honeysuckle Wind

Track 9-

Didju

Track 10-

Old Fashioned Love

Track 11-

When Fools Rush In

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SIGNAL RED - UNDER THE RADAR

 

 

  

 Will also be available on Vinyl Limited Edition Double LP Gatefold 180g!!!

 

 

 

Release Date: 23 February 2018
Catalogue No: ESM314
Bar Code: 5 031281 00314 0

The Musicians are:

Lee Small: Lead vocals and All Backing vocals   (Phenomena / Shy)
Steve Grocott: All guitars, Keyboards, Strings    (Ten)
Brian J Anthony: Bass     (Steve Walsh)
Dave Anthony: Drums     (Dennis DeYoung)

Mixed by: Brian J Anthony
Executive Producer: Khalil Turk

Track List:
1. DEFIANT      4:36
2. HOUDINI      4:05
3. STRONGER   4:57
4. TELL IT TO THE BEES   3:57
5. MONSTER TRUCK   5:15
6. PYRAMIDS OF MARS  4:44
7. EMOTIONS IN MOTION  4:25
8. HIGHWIRE    4:40
9. MAKING CONTACT      4:15
10. GOTH THE GIRL  4:04
11. THE TIME MACHINE   7:59

Signal Red is a brand new band from the UK and features two very respected musicians namely Guitarist Steve Grocott (ten) and Vocalist Lee Small (Phenomena / Shy / Lionheart). The collaboration first came together in February, 2013 when Steve was at a loose end. He had been in a band previously called “Sevendayz” which had recently folded and he contacted Lee as he had heard so much about him, mainly from the self-titled SHY album that appeared in 2011. The two hit it off straight away and it seemed inevitable that an album would follow.

Steve got caught up working with the UK band (Ten) as Gary Hughes asked him to be in the bands line-up for some shows and to feature on the new album, so the Signal Red production was halted for a while. Eventually Steve’s time freed up so he could once again concentrate on new material for the album and the whole thing has just progressed into a fantastic recording.

The collaboration with Lee was clearly a good match as Lee has already proved his worth with “Shy” as well as solo albums, the Phenomena project with Tom Galley and the rock band “Snowfall”. Lee is a very soulful, melodic vocalist and has featured on 17 albums as lead vocalist and on many more that have featured him as a guest, “Dante Fox” and “Magnum” to name but two.

This exciting new venture is bound to cause a stir, and with Brian Anthony twiddling the knobs (Steve Walsh) then this is going to be one album people will be talking about.

Lee came up with the title one day thinking that trying to get recognition for what you live and breathe for is like “living under the radar”. Well, they should not be living under it for much longer when this one hits the streets. This is a rock album that just begs to be heard…  and we are sure that you will like what you hear.

 

Track 1-

Defiant

Track 2-

Houdini

Track 3-

Stronger

Track 4-

Tell It To The Bees

Track 5-

Monster Truck

Track 6-

Pyramids Of Mars

Track 7-

Emotions In Motion

Track 8-

Highwire

Track 9-

Contact

Track 10-

Goth The Girl

Track 11-

The Time Machine

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PRAYER - SILENT SOLDIERS

 

 

  

 

 

 

Release Date: 19 Jan 2018
Catalogue No: ESM313
Bar Code: 5 031281 00313 3

Track Listing:

1-Silent Treatment / 2-Rock and a hard place / 3-Fires of the heart / 4-Feel like a prisoner / 5-Ten days of Hell / 6-Dead dog / 7-Ghost Train / 8-Devil’s Daughter / 9-King of the Hill / 10-Get me out of here / 11-No Giver, All taker / 12-Mystery Island

The Band
Jukka Ihme  - lead and rhythm guitar
Tapani Tikkanen - lead and background vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion
Mike Pohjola - Keyboards
Tom Pohjola – Bass
Ville Hanhisuanto – Drums

PRAYER are back! It has been some 12 years since we were presented with the album “Wrong Address” (ESM117), which really set the pace way back in 2005 and gained the band a cult following. Then they followed up with an excellent album “Danger in the Dark” (ESM241) in 2012 and gained some more fans along the way.

If you are unfamiliar with Prayer well they play Melodic Rock/AOR and hail from Oulu in Northern Finland. They are the brainchild of Tapani Tikkanen who is the main driving force behind the band.

Tapani´s musical career began in the early eighties with “IC-Rock” and continued later with “Tanna”. Together with those bands he did hundreds of gigs all over Finland but after several albums and more than 20,000 records sold, it was time for a break. However, he kept writing songs, such as three albums for the craziest football club in the world, F.C.Rainbow and a solo single entitled “Everyone’s a Winner”.

Tapani wanted to create a band that brought out his rock and roll heart. After the recording of a few demos Tapani contacted his friend and keyboard-wizard Jari Huvila to talk about forming the band PRAYER. Since “Wrong Address” there has been some line-up changes, which now features distinguished keyboards player Mika Pohjola as well as Tom Pohjola on Bass.

Prayer excel in exciting hard melodic rock with a style that joins together the best of Thin Lizzy, Saga, Treat and sometimes a little bit of Royal Hunt. Their music has meaning and these guys are all committed to making this one of the most talked about Scandinavian bands in recent years. Anyone with a penchant for soaring vocals, driving guitars and plenty of keyboards are in for a real treat. Just check out songs like Fires of the Heart and Feel like a prisoner for prime examples of their work. This is a superb album and certainly their best to date.

It’s as if all your prayers have been answered.

 

Track 1-

Silent Treatment

Track 2-

Rock And A Hard Place

Track 3-

Fires Of The Heart

Track 4-

Feel Like A Prisoner

Track 5-

Ten Days Of Hell

Track 6-

Dead Dog

Track 7-

Ghost Train

Track 8-

Devil’S Daughter

Track 9-

King Of The Hill

Track 10-

Get Me Out Of Here

Track 11-

No Giver, All Taker

Track 12-

Mystery Island

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JON BUTCHER AXIS

 

 

  First time on CD! Remastered by JK Northrup and complete liner note written by Dave Reynolds 

 

 

 

Release Date: 19 Jan, 2018
Catalogue No: ESM312
Bar Code: 5 031281 00312 6

The band is:
Jon Butcher: Lead vocals and all guitars
Derek Blevins: Drums
Chris Martin: Bass

Track listing: Life takes a Life (3.56) / It’s only words (3.04) / Ocean in Motion (2.22) / Can’t be the only fool (3.24)  / Sentinal (3.16) / New Man (3.10) / Fairlight (3.23) / Send one care of (3.45) /  Walk like this (3.05) / We will be as one (3.59)

Produced and engineered by Pat Moran
Mastered by J K Northrup

For a time in the early 1980’s it looked like as if Jon Butcher’s career would know no bounds. As anyone who picked up a copy of the self-titled Jon Butcher Axis album upon its original release in 1983 would concur, here was a star on the rise. Such an upwards trajectory was well deserved given his undeniable talent, the quality of that debut and the ensuing sophomore affair “Stare at the Sun”. Indeed both albums should have resulted in greater rewards than they ultimately did at the time.

Although Jon would enjoy a good deal of recognition for later recorded work, such as “Wishes” (released under his own name rather than the band handle), perhaps the answer to any questions that are asked over Butcher’s lack of bigger and more sustained success may be allied to the one that asks “why has it taken well over thirty years for his first two records to be officially released on CD? Sure, several of the best tracks from both albums have surfaced on compilations of Jon’s work but never before has either album been issued on its entirety on a silver shiny disc. That is about to change…

Jon had an obsession with the guitar from age 5 and his first real band was called Johanna Wild, a band that certainly caught the attention of many people…. his influences including BB King, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy.

Notable tracks from the first album include "Ocean in Motion" and "Walk Like This". This album reached No. 91 in the Billboard pop album charts and Axis' video "Life Takes a Life" became one of the first videos by a black artist to receive airtime on MTV. At that time, the only two black artists enjoying MTV coverage were The Jon Butcher Axis and Michael Jackson. The result of his success afforded further growing popularity for the band, which added the opportunity to tour with Rush ('Signals' tour '83),Def Leppard ('Pyromania' tour '83) and Scorpions ('Hurricane' tour '84). amongst others.

Jon Butcher has an undeniable talent and this 10 track album from the classic early eighties era shows just what this man had to offer. Timeless..

 

Track 1-

Life Takes A Life

Track 2-

It’S Only Words

Track 3-

Ocean In Motion

Track 4-

Can’T Be The Only Fool

Track 5-

Sentinal

Track 6-

New Man

Track 7-

Fairlight

Track 8-

Send One Care Of

Track 9-

Walk Like This

Track 10-

We Will Be As One

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STEVE WALSH - BLACK BUTTERFLY

 

 

 

  STEVE WALSH - BLACK BUTTERFLY

 Black Butterfly merchandise now available from Zazzle
https://www.zazzle.com/stevewalshrocks 

Stay informed on all things Steve Walsh at
https://www.stevewalshrocks.com/ 

 

 

 

Release Date: 10th November 2017
Catalogue No: ESM311
Bar Code: 5 031281003119

Musicians are :

Steve Walsh:  Lead and backing vocals, piano
Tommy Denander:  All guitars and keyboards
Jerome Mazza:  Lead vocals on tracks 5,7 and 11
Steve Overland:  Backing vocals
Brian Anthony:  Bass and string arrangements
Peter Yttergren:  Drums and percussion

Produced by Khalil Turk and Tommy Denander
Mixed and mastered by Brian J Anthony
Executive producer: Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.
Logo & cover design by Eric Philippe

Track List:
1. BORN IN FIRE   3:32  (duet with Jerome Mazza)
2. THE PIPER   6:02
3. GRACE AND NATURE   4:11
4. DEAR KOLINDA   4:59
5. WINDS OF WAR   4:45
6. TANGLEWOOD TREE   5:07
7. NOW UNTIL FOREVER   4:38
8. WARSAW   4:49
9. NOTHING BUT NOTHING   4:45
10. HELL OR HIGH WATER   5:14
11. MERCY ON ME   4:58
12. BILLY CARBORNE IS DEAD   4:52

All songs by Walsh / Denander except 2 Walsh / Denander / Ousey  5, 7, and 11 by Overland / Denander

As the former lead vocalist and keyboards player for the American Classic and Progressive rock band Kansas, Steve Walsh is the voice behind the hits “Carry on my Wayward Son”, “Point of Know Return”, “Dust in the Wind” and “All I Wanted”. As a songwriter Steve is well known for penning a classic tune and his wide range of musical influences can be heard on his previous solo releases as well as the melodic rock band “Streets”. He has also contributed his vocal talents to more than a dozen projects by other artists covering a variety of musical genres.

Steve is well known for his dynamic live performances, passionate vocals and multi instrumental talents on stage. In addition to keyboards Steve has played Congas, Harmonica, Glockenspiel, in short, an all-round great musician.  

Through their good friend Mike Slamer (Streets / Steelhouse Lane) Mike introduced Steve to Khalil and they hit it off instantly and Khalil invited Steve to guest on Radioactive “F4UR” album to sing one song and after that he was delighted to record an album for the label.

Khalil had a few ideas and one of which was to involve a singer called Jerome Mazza to sing duet on “Born In Fire”.. Khalil had discovered Jerome on you tube singing for the band “Pinnacle Point”. Jerome is also the voice behind the second album by Angelica and was honoured to be asked to sing a duet on the album with Steve and asked if he could contribute more. As Jerome has such a fantastic voice it was an easy decision to make and the result is explosive!

Black Butterfly is everything you would expect it to be from someone like Steve Walsh, the man is a legend and this album oozes quality from start to finish. This is the album everyone is talking about, and its finally here..

 

Track 1-

Born In Fire

Track 2-

The Piper

Track 3-

Grace And Nature

Track 4-

Dear Kolinda

Track 5-

Winds Of War

Track 6-

Tanglewood Tree

Track 7-

Now Until Forever

Track 8-

Warsaw

Track 9-

Nothing But Nothing

Track 10-

Hell Or High Water

Track 11-

Mercy On Me

Track 12-

Billy Carbone Is Dead

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