HARTMANN, the band around singer/guitarist Oliver Hartmann, will release their new album “Hands On The Wheel” on May 18th vial Sonic11/Pride & Joy Music! Details about the album are found below.

The PR for this release via Haulix will start right after the Easter fest. We will handle the PR for this release world-wide except for the radio PR in Germany which will be taken care of by Ulf Bellmann/Medialuchs PR.

Please send us your requests and note that our office will be closed during the German Easter holidays from Friday,  March 30th until Monday, April 2nd included.

      

The history of HARTMANN started in 2005 with the debut 'Out in the cold', often reviewed as 'Album of the month' in a wide range of rock magazines all over the world. With their successful followers 'Home' (2006), '3' (2009), 'Balance' (2012), the live & acoustic DVD/CD 'Handmade' (2008) and the compilation 'The Best Is Yet To Come' (2013) the band has meanwhile worked out their status as being one of Germany’s best modern hard rock bands that is offering international high-class melodic rock. The band also enjoys the good reputation as an outstanding live band and has been called to tour with rock legends as Toto, The Hooters, Uriah Heep, Edguy, Mother’s Finest, Y&T and others. Their latest album ’Shadows & Silhouettes’ (2016) has been accompanied again with a club tour and many festivals last summer.

Now the forthcoming new album ’Hands On The Wheel’ – way more rough and rocking and than its predecessor - will be released May 18th 2018 on the artist’s label Sonic 11 Records in cooperation with Pride&Joy Music/Soulfood, again co-produced by Sascha Paeth (Avantasia, Beyond The Black, Kamelot).

Including the participation of guest musicians as Jimmy Kresic (The Roots, Rock Meets Classic), Karolina Galbavà & Irena Morisakovà (Hans Zimmer), the album will contain the catchy singles/videoclips ’Don’t want back down’ and the very special duet ’Simple man’ feat. Mr. Big vocalist Eric Martin, accompanied by a huge promotion-/video-campaign of Germany’s No 1 rock radio station Rockantenne and a special Facebook & online campaign.

Since the late 90’s founder Oliver Hartmann is known as a highly respected singer and guitarist on the international music scene due to four albums with the band At Vance, studio work for hard rock and metal acts as Hammerfall, Rhapsody, Helloween or Edguy, as a long time studio and live member of top sellers as Avantasia and as part of 'Rock Meets Classic' that is featuring the big names of the international rock scene: Alice Cooper, Ian Gillan, Uriah Heep, Status Quo, Thin Lizzy, Paul Rodgers, Eric Bazilian, Jimi Jamison, Midge Ure, Steve Lukather, Chris Thompson, Bonnie Tyler and many others.

Besides that Oliver Hartmann is also fronting the successful Pink Floyd Tribute Echoes that climbed up to No 20 of the German charts in 2015 with their acoustic live DVD ’Barefoot To The Moon’ and received outstanding critics world wide!

Line-up: Oliver Hartmann (vocals, guitar); Mario Reck (guitar); Armin Donderer (bass); Markus Kullmann (drums); additional keys by Jimmy Kresic

Web: www.oliverhartmann.com / www.facebook.com/HartmannBand

 

German Modern Rock/Metal band INNFIGHT will release their second album “Black Dog” via Pride & Joy Music on April 13th, 2018! The main information about the album can be found below. The PR via Haulix started last week and the band is also available for interviews. Please send us your requests!

Product: Innfight – Black Dog

Release date: 13.04.2018

Label: Pride & Joy Music

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The story of INNFIGHT started at the end of the year 2013 in Mannheim, Germany with a line-up consisting of Sascha Wagner (guitar),
Michael Heck (keys) und Frank Widderson (vocals). About a year later and after writing songs together they began to record their debut CD „Boulevard Of Pain“ in Rolf Munkes’ Empire Studios in Bensheim (Hessia), Germany.

INNFIGHT later on were joined by the new members Udo Boppré (drums), Eugen Leonhardt (lead guitar) and Thomas Klesius (bass). After they were complete, they began to play live to bring INNFIGHT and the album into the focus of their fans.

In October 2017, INNFIGHT started to record their second album „Black Dog“ which is now set for a release on Pride & Joy Music on April 13th, 2018. During the recordings, bass player Thomas Klesius died due to serious illness. Tommy Schmitt, bass player of RED CIRCUIT, stepped in to help in these hard times and completed the bass recordings.

Impulsive rhythms, loaded with energetic guitar riffs, combined with spherical keyboard melodies and the distinctive voice of
Frank Widderson are the major trademarks of the band’s Alternative Rock/Metal sound – always with their own kind of interpretation. The songs themselves deal with emotions, experiences, impressions and topics such as human interaction and the daily struggle with the world both around and within us. “Black Dog” was once again produced by Rolf Munkes at Empire Studios.

Tracklist: 1. Not Me, 2. Black Dog, 3. The Cross, 4. Get Up, 5. Shame, 6. Out Of My Sight, 7. In Movement, 8. Located By No one, 9. Dead And Gone, 10. Bright Lights, 11. Feeding Your Demons

Line-Up: Sascha Wagner (guitar), Michael Heck (keys), Frank Widderson (vocals), Udo Boppré (drums), Eugen Leonhardt (lead guitar)

Web: www.innfight.com  // www.facebook.com/innfight

Power Metal band CRYSTAL TEARS is the latest addition to Pride & Joy Music’s roster! The Greek band’s new album “Decadence Deluxe” will be released on May 18th, 2018!

     

"The world's a stage, we plug & play"! With a steady evolution from the band's first demos to its latest instalments, Crystal Tears have managed to leave their mark as one of the most qualitative heavy metal acts, proven to be a persistent, innovative & unstoppable force. Their previous testimony "Hellmade", with music videos involving Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N' Roses, Sons Of Apollo) & actors Lew Temple (of The Walking Dead fame) & Lou Taylor Pucci (Evil Dead) - initiated their first European tour (with Mystic Prophecy), followed by their own headline Greek tour & a few more extended shows with Firewind/ ex-Ozzy Osbourne's Gus G.

Having gained a formidable reputation for delivering the goods on stage & via their honest and sing-along anthems, Crystal Tears strike back with the massively anticipated new album "Decadence Deluxe". With producer R. D. Liapakis (Mystic Prophecy, Devil's Train, Suicidal Angels etc.) on the front again, the quintet delivers high quality heavy metal dedicating heart & soul, managing to sound constantly inspired & fresh. Crystal Tears have always been original. And this unique blend of dynamics in aggressiveness & harmony has been introducing 'em continually to new audiences all over the world. And as good ol' friend Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper, ex-Slash's Snakepit) says... "all is rock"! And the story continues...

The artwork for “Decadence Deluxe” was designed by Caio Caldas (Dragonforce) and guest musicians include Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper, Slash's Snakepit), Karis Charisma (Deadsquad), Julien Nutz Deyres (Gorod) and Fidel De Jesus (Xeno Devata Project).

Web: www.crystaltearsband.com

https://www.facebook.com/crystaltearsband

The PR for this release via Haulix will start in mid March.

Spain’s leading Symphonic Folk Metal band LAST DAYS OF EDEN and PRIDE & JOY MUSIC have extended their collaboration and will release the new album “Chrysalis” on March 23rd, 2018.

The PR will start end of this week and a single & video release for the track “Falling In The Deep” will be available in advance from February 23rd, 2018.

Product: Last Days Of Eden – Chrysalis

Release date: 23.03.2018

Label: Pride & Joy Music

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LAST DAYS OF EDEN is a stunning band from Spain performing symphonic folk metal. The band released their first album, “Ride The World”, in 2015, getting amazing reviews from all around the globe. In 2016 they played their first European tour, with more than 25 shows in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Spain.

Led by female singer Lady Ani, she puts the sweetest tones to the tunes. Their melodies not only include bagpipes, violins, and whistles, but also a full symphonic orchestra, all wrapped in a solid metal package in every song. The new album “Chrysalis” has been recorded and includes 11 amazing and encompassing tracks that will take your mind on an unforgettable journey. The record was produced by Dani G. and mastered by Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Stratovarius, Amorphis, etc.).

Line-up: Lady Ani – vocals, Dani G. – guitars & vocals, Adrián Huelga – bass, Juan Gómez – keyboards, Pindy Diaz – bagpipes & whistles, Sara Cabezas – violin, Leo Duarte – drums

Track list: Forevermore, 02. The Roots Of Life, 03. The Wanderer, 04. Dead Man’s Tale, 05. The Storyteller, 06. Falling In The Deep, 07. Aedea’s Daughter, 08. A Siren’s Song, 09. Heading For The Sun, 10. Romeo & Julian, 11. 7 Years Of Madness

Web: www.lastdaysofeden.es

Swedish Hard Rock band UNIVERSE INFINITY (formerly known as UNIVERSE) will release their comeback album “Rock Is Alive” on PRIDE & JOY MUSIC on April 13th, 2018 on CD & as download!

On the same day, PRIDE & JOY will, in co-operation with Universal Music, also re-issue the classic, self-titled “Universe” album from 1985 on CD. The re-issue will be remastered and come with an expanded booklet.

The PR for these releases will start in mid February via Haulix.

Band information:

UNIVERSE started in 1982 in Upplands Väsby, Sweden, where hard rock ruled the streets. The members hailed from several different local bands. After leaving the band Moon, lead guitarist Michael Kling, who founded the band WC in the late 70's with John Norum, became one of UNIVERSE’s founding members. Bassist Hasse Hagman, who played in Joey Tempest's first band, along with drummer Anders Wetterström and guitarist Per Nilsson, all came from the band Twilight. Once UNIVERSE got their hands on keyboard player Fredrik Kriström and singer Kjell Wallen, the band was complete. They played diligently for a couple of years all over Sweden, opening for Nazareth, among many other gigs. In 1985, the band released its self-titled debut album with songs like "Rollin’ On", "Stories from the Old Days", and "Strong Vibrations". In 1986, Kjell Wallen left the band on good terms following creative differences and was subsequently replaced by Janne Åström. With Janne as the new frontman, the band focused fully on a follow-up to their debut album. Several demos were recorded but never ended up in the right hands. The band dissolved in early 1988 and then had a short reunion for a final show in the ice hall in Upplands Väsby later that year.

 

               

Universe - Universe                              Universe Infinitiy - Rock Is Alive

The band members went their separate ways, each showing up here and there in different contexts with connections to music. Everyone maintained occasional contact and eventually Per Nilsson reached out to the others to see if they were interested in playing together again. In 2002, all the members met up together for the first time in 14 years. They immediately knew they wanted to play again, and became convinced that the old material still had potential. Everyone agreed that a new album had to be released, but also that they were being pulled in different directions. For several years they kept continuous contact, waiting for the time when recording an album became inevitable. At first, UNIVERSE lacked a singer, but suddenly one day he was just there. Andreas Eklund (ex-House Of Shakira) became the new front man, his narrative lyrics and tasteful melodies opening the door to another dimension, so the band could take a bigger step into the galaxy. Now, finally, UNIVERSE is back as UNIVERSE INFINITY with “Rock Is Alive”, a powerful album that is a tribute to the music of the 70’s and 80's, and to their youth in Upplands Väsby. “Rock Is Alive” was produced by Michael Kling and Per Nilsson at Kling Studios, and mixed and mastered by Stefan Helleblad; drums were recorded in Standstraight Studio One Scandinavia. The artwork was created by Sylvain Lucchina at Razor Images.

Line-Up: Michael Kling – Lead Guitar; Andreas  Eklund – Vocals; Hasse Hagman – Bass; Freddie Kriström – Keyboard; Anders Wetterström – Drums; Per Nilsson – Guitar

Web: http://www.universeinfinity.se / Facebook: @universetheband

SQUEALER will release their comeback album “Behind Closed Doors” on February 23rd, 2018 on Pride & Joy Music.

The amazing cover artwork for this release, designed by Thomas Ewerhard (Avantasia, Amon Amarth), was revealed this week:

 

Today also is the release date of the first single & audio video for the title track of the album:

Direct video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0saG1UI6x1g&t

Single at iTunes: https://goo.gl/nWYc7w

We will provide our radio contacts with the single for airplay today; the complete album “Behind Closed Doors” will be submitted on December 10th via Haulix.

About the band:

Originally founded in the 1980’s as classic Power Metal band, SQUEALER from the north of Hessia, Germany so far have had a busy band history. Today, the music by SQUEALER is a melting pot of several Metal elements which has enhanced through the years, i.e. an unique and diversified mix of Melodic Thrash Metal (which nowadays builds the foundation of each new SQUEALER song), groovy Rock stuff and, of course, the still obvious Heavy, Speed & Power Metal influences.

SQUEALER now consist of Lars Döring (guitars), Michael Schiel (guitars), Sebastian Werner (vocals) and Manuel Roth (bass). The band has started to perform live again in 2016 and since then played several gigs and festivals (incl. 70000 Tons Of Metal) with the new and convincing band constitution. The live shows were directly followed by the recordings for the new album Behind Closed Doors. The new record impressively proves the strength of the new SQUEALER line-up. To complete the makeover, a new, highly professional team was added for the album production.   Ito Grabosch took care of the recordings while Roland Grapow (Helloween/ Masterplan)  handled the mixing and Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Lordi, Him, Children Of Bodom) the mastering.

This is the first audio video from SQUEALER for the title track of their upcoming album "Behind Closed Doors" which will be released on Pride & Joy Music on February 23rd, 2018!

Buy the single here: https://goo.gl/qHgjne

Pre-order the album and get all 3 singles instantly: https://goo.gl/73v2ZJ

For more information, visit:

http://www.facebook.com/SquealerOfficial

http://www.squealer.de

 

Pride & Joy Music is proud to announce the signing of female fronted Symphonic Metal band ALCYONA from Minsk, Belarus!

     

The band around keyboard player and song-writer Natalia Malei was founded in 2012 and now is ready to release their debut album “Trailblazer” on February 23rd, 2018!

ALCYONA today consists of Olga Terentyeva (vocals), Natalia Malei (keyboards), Evgenyi Malei (guitar, vocals), Anatoly Afanasenok (drums) and Nikolai Sidorevich (guitars).

“Trailblazer” was produced by Evgeniy & Natalia Malei and recorded at ALCYONA Records, Minsk (Belarus) between April 2016 – February 2017, and mixed & mastered in Georgia by Max Forneus in May 2017. Artwork and layout were designed by Artem Artyakov & Anna Avaeva. The music video & single for the track “Еnchantment” which was  directed by Vlad Skripchenko & Anton Baidyonok will be released in advance in December 1st, 2017. 

Some videos already are found in the band's Youtube channel at the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdI8Wmd5PtDyZFqFPgzaUbQ

Live dates:

02.12.17 Brest region, Belarus. Mirsky сulture house

08.12.17 Minsk, Belarus. Сlub "ИЛИ"

06.01.18 Minsk, Belarus. Сlub "БРЮГГЕ" 

04.02.18 Minsk, Belarus. Сlub "Doodah King"

More information about the band:

www.facebook.com/alcyonaband

Label: www.prideandjoy.de

 

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