HOUSE OF LORDS singer James Christian is working on a new solo album, his third one after “Rude Awakening” (originally released on Now & Then Records in 1995) and “Meet The Man”. James announced on his website: “It’s been a long time coming but a new James Christian solo album is currently in the works. The as yet untitled record will be released in late 2012 or early 2013 and will be the first solo release from James since ‘Meet The Man’ way back in 2004. Details of contributing musicians will follow soon but it will be worth the wait and it will be a worthy successor to the two previous releases, Meet The Man and the classic ‘Rude Awakening’.” Musically the solo album will move in a more melodic territory if compared to House of Lords’ sound. Stay tuned for more details to be released soon!
UK’s Premiere Melodic Hard Rock band TEN have finally completed their new album for release later this year. This much anticipated album is TEN’s ‘tenth’ studio release and it will be entitled “Heresy and Creed”. The album is already being described as a landmark recording. First playback listens indicate that this collection of songs is potentially set to be their greatest opus since their 1997 release “The Name Of The Rose”. Musically it once again marks the perfect union between grandiose and epic Hard Rock tunes. Very melodic, hook-laden singalong songs with a scattering of immense and haunting power ballads to complete the typical TEN tapestry.
Singer and composer Gary Hughes says: “It is a particularly strong selection of material. I feel this is possibly our most mature, and diverse collection of songs ever. There is literally something in there for everyone and every taste”.
The album was mixed and mastered by Dennis Ward and with its release scheduled for the fall, “Heresy And Creed” could crown another classic year, both for TEN, and historically for the Melodic Hard Rock scene as a whole. More details will follow at a later stage.
Norwegian Melodic Rock star ISSA is busy recording a very special album called “AOR Classics Vol.1”. Born after a concept that Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino had in mind for some time, ISSA will sing on a number of well known and hidden Melodic Rock / AOR Classics which have been arranged and produced for her by Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE, EDGE OF FOREVER).
Issa says “Serafino selected some very much loved melodic rock songs of all time, some of them cult songs and others that are more well known. I just can’t wait to put my stamp on them, as all these songs were performed by male vocalists and had to be raised to fit my higher octave range. This will make them different from the original versions but we are still embracing the real quality songwriting involved in this collection of classics. My personal favourites so far are ‘I won’t surrender’ originally recorded by Tower City, ‘State Of Love’ by Mark Free and ‘Dream On’ by Boulevard, but I love all of them to be honest. The vocalists on the original songs are just amazing and I’m loving the challenge of capturing my own versions of them. I really hope the fans love this record as much as I do!”
The album will also include songs originally performed by the likes of 21 Guns, Regatta, Aviator, Tangier among others. The new recording will be hopefully released during the fall of 2012.
KING KOBRA are busy recording the follow up album to the successful self titled release of 2011. Guitarist David Michael-Phillips says: “We’ve got a high-energy combination of the classic King Kobra sound mixed with some of our favorite (heavy) influences: Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Blue Murder. Cool, heavy grooves, great melodies, soulful lead vocals by Paul Shortino, infectious harmonies and hooks…blazing guitars by yours truly and the thundering rhythm section of Johnny Rod and the legendary Carmine Appice! This is the next natural progression of Ready To Strike and our last, self-titled album King Kobra”.
Some of the songs set for inclusion include In The Night, Feelin’ Fine, Take Me Back, Deep River, Got It Comin’, We Go Round. Stay tuned for a release in early 2013.
The Westcoast / AOR duo formed by Peter Beckett and Ronn Moss completed recently a very successful Italian promotional tour in support of the digital release only of their 3-songs EP “Addiction”. PLAYER appeared successfully on “I Fatti Vostri” morning TV show on RAI 2 and “L’Italia Sul Due” afternoon show, still on RAI 2. They also had a cameo appearance on “Scherzi a Parte” prime time Monday night show on Canale 5 and were special guests on Radio Capital and Radio Deejay national radio shows. Here are some of the links:
It is still possible to purchase the EP online through iTunes and Amazon and all other digital retailers. Some links are below:
In the meanwhile the album’s recording is progressing well. Frontiers hopes to release the album before the end of 2012.
The first single from the forthcoming ASIA album “XXX”, “Face On The Bridge”, recently reached #1 in two major charts in the last week:
#1 in The Planet Rock UK Airplay Chart (climbing from #7 the previous week)
#1 in the Amazon UK MP3 Progressive Rock Chart
BEGGARS & THIEVES
On June 11th Frontiers Records will release BEGGARS & THIEVES’ second videoclip for the song “Innocence” lifted off the last album “We Are The Brokenhearted”
The new album produced by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Shania Twain, Ringo Starr etc) received fantastic reviews all over the world. The first album videoclip “We Come Undone” featured a guest appearance by legendary rock guitarist Jake E Lee, whose comeback album is being produced by Ron Mancuso, guitar player of B&T.
The videoclip will be exclusively previewed on iMusic1 in Germany and Noisecreep/Aol.com in the USA on Friday June the 8th. Don’t miss it!
MELODICROCK.COM – THE 2011 MELROCK AWARDS
The 2011 Melodicrock.com awards were very favourable to Frontiers Records artists. The popular website which is ran by Andrew J. McNeice from Tasmania awarded 6 Frontiers 2011 releases in the first 6 places as best releases of 2011 with a joint first place in between Mr Big’s “What If…” and Night Ranger’s “Somewhere in California”. The albums which ended up on top of the list are:
1. Mr. Big “What If…”
1. Night Ranger “Somewhere In California”
3. Journey “Eclipse”
4. Mecca “Undeniable”
5. Toby Hitchcock “Mercury’s Down”
6. Work Of Art “In Progress”
Frontiers President Serafino Perugino said: “We are very flattered with these results, which show the ethic that the label has towards the music and the quality of the releases. We hope to keep on making rock music fans happy! Stay tuned for more great releases in 2012 and beyond!”.