The NeverEnding Show: Live In The Netherlands
This live album by the legendary artist and studio maestro Alan Parsons was recorded at the Tivoli in Utrecht in May 2019. With his Alan Parsons Live Project on its customary fine form and further energised by an enthusiastic audience, it is an amazing performance by arguably the definitive line-up of musicians with whom Parsons has toured. As a bonus, the album includes the brand new studio song ‘The NeverEnding Show’, with a dazzling video for it on the DVD and Blu-ray formats. It offers a taste of a new studio album that Parsons is working on for release in 2022.
Video : The NeverEnding Show youtu.be/1lO0veF8iYo
Live video : Games People Play youtu.be/lr092oGJG7Y
CRAZY LIXX Street Lethal
Chock full of huge choruses, memorable hooks and riffs, and wailing yet emotive guitar solos, this seventh album by the Swedish hard rockers Crazy Lixx is slick and confident. Its massive production comes courtesy of frontman and studio master craftsman Danny Rexon, while Tobias Lindell (H.E.A.T, Europe, Hardcore Superstar, etc.) is on mixing duties. Having already established themselves as a leading act in the Scandinavian-led ‘80s hard rock revival, ‘Street Lethal’ shows off a scene leading band in all its glory and is sure to resonate with existing fans and new listeners alike. Video : Anthem For America youtu.be/RC8d37bACUE
Audio : Reach Out youtu.be/48-o_6HlFAg
JIM PETERIK & WORLD STAGE
Tigress – Women Who Rock The World
An esteemed figure in the melodic rock scene, Jim Peterik has penned numerous memorable songs dating back over five decades. For this new album by his World Stage project, he was keen to showcase female musicians that he admires and crafted ideas that could work for the names in his wishlist. “I realised that I needed to write songs that reflected the female perspective more than the male,” he states, “so it was gratifying when talented heroes of mine such as Janet Gardner (ex-Vixen), Cathy Richardson (Jefferson Starship), Jenniffer Batten, Mindi Abair, Kate French, Kimi Hayes, Chez Kane, Rosa Laricchiuta (Black Rose Maze, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and so many others gave me the big thumbs up! Up-and-comers like Lindsay Kent, Leslie Hunt, Chloe Lowery, Marine Lacoste and so many others also added their unique personalities to make this a landmark album in my career.”
Video : Prom Night In Pontiac youtu.be/iVYW6jL2FKI
FANS OF THE DARK Fans Of The Dark
Fans Of The Dark is an exciting new Swedish hard rock formed during the 2020 pandemic by drummer and chief songwriter Freddie Allen and lead vocalist Alex Falk. The pair had been school chums in Stockholm and subsequently reconnected with a vision of mixing the melodies and approach of classic and melodic rock with elements of ’80s metal. The result is a line-up that combines a tight and inventive musical approach with outstanding vocals. Their self-titled debut album is produced by Allen, with Mike Palace (Palace, Kent Hilli) on mixing and mastering duties.
Video : The Running Man youtu.be/ddmTGYwNkl4
Video : Life Kills youtu.be/9ZvdueuuPpQ
MEMORIA AVENUE Memoria Avenue
This stunning new Norwegian melodic/AOR rock band unites guitarist Tor Talle and singer Jan Le’Brandt. With the addition of seasoned musicians in keyboardist Dag Selboskar, bassist Svenn Huneide and drummer Bjørn Olav Lauvdal, the quintet have an ’80s oriented sound with echoes of Journey as well as newer acts such as Perfect Plan and Work of Art. Known locally for his Northern Light project and the band Skyscraper, Talle has also worked as a songwriter/performer for Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple), Fergie Frederiksen (ex-TOTO), Rob Moratti (ex-SAGA), Steve Overland (FM) and the late Tony Mills (TNT, Shy). Le’Brandt is a relative newcomer who has formerly sung for labelmates Big City, but now has an opportunity to truly shine.
Video : Stranded youtu.be/JahRWQw4hHY
Video : Stuck youtu.be/1ADdohMJ00A
L.A. GUNS Checkered Past
‘Checkered Past’ sees Messrs Guns, Lewis and co mixing heavy songs with bluesier, boogie inducing tracks and introspective ballads that occasionally hark back to their early records yet nevertheless show them maintaining their current creative peak that has resulted in the recent and much heralded albums ‘The Devil You Know’ and ‘The Missing Peace’. With a tracklisting divided into particular styles that are explored across a set of songs before moving on to the next, it makes for a unique listening experience. From the band’s self-titled 1988 debut right up to the present, they have always delivered solid rock ’n’ roll to their fans, while the current incarnation was also touring non-stop right up until the worldwide pandemic struck. The cohesiveness of a now well-oiled unit is on full display here.
Video : Cannonball youtu.be/17yeOHG4TZ4
Audio : Knock Me Down youtu.be/ZH8RSCh8Z-U
GROUNDBREAKER Soul To Soul
Groundbreaker is a melodic rock project centred around the outstanding vocal talent of FM singer Steve Overland and production skills of the ubiquitous Alessandro Del Vecchio. ‘Soul To Soul’ is the follow-up to a 2018 self-titled debut that also involved Robert Sall (Work of Art, W.E.T), although this time around they are joined by Stefano Lionetti (Lionville), Pete Alpenborg (Arctic Rain), Jan Akesson (Infinite & Divine) and Kristian Fyhr (Seventh Crystal). The result is an album of soaring hooklines, magnificent melodies and amazing instrumental performances galore on a record that is easily a melodic rock highlight of 2021. Following the warm reception afforded to their debut, fans can now look forward to this even better follow-up.
Video : Standing On The Edge Of A Broken Dream youtu.be/vYX_xxJx12U
Audio : Soul To Soul youtu.be/YXCXlTgiVDU
ENUFF Z’NUFF Enuff Z’Nuff’s Hardrock Nite
Now led by co-founder Chip Z’Nuff, his band have gone all in on their oft declared love of The Beatles here with ‘Enuff Z’Nuff’s Hardrock Nite’, a covers album that contains interpretations of seven of their favourite Fab Four songs as well as three post-Beatles tracks. When they emerged onto the wider rock scene in the late ‘80s, Enuff Z’Nuff were much acclaimed power-pop princes in glam-metal clothing, aptly described as The Beatles and Cheap Trick combined and reinvented for the US hard rock landscape. Fans of the band have long yearned for a Beatles covers album and now they finally have their wish; with nary a sample or synthesiser in sight, this is simply the sound of four guys in the studio paying respect to their heroes.
Video : Cold Turkey youtu.be/gHijWQtQ9OM
INSANIA V (PRAEPARATUS SUPERVIVET)
Swedish power metal masters Insania finally announce their return with a powerful fifth album full of speedy, soaring tracks in the classic European power metal tradition and packed with double-bass drums, great hooks and amazing solos. Showcasing a freshly inspired line-up, it is the first release via Frontiers for a group that initially formed in 1992 but did not release debut album ‘World of Ice’ until 1999. They went on to release another three records before entering a lengthy hiatus in 2007, but are now back to bring their power metal stylings to metalheads worldwide!
Video : Praeparatus Supervivet youtu.be/D5Db7B1GBek
OTHER SELECTED NEW SONG LINKS
(most recently published first)
THE MURDER OF MY SWEET A Gentleman’s Legacy
CAP OUTRUN High On Deception
LAND OF GYPSIES Land Of Gypsies
AGARTHIC The Inner Side
ZELBO In My Dreams
MERCURY X Imprisoned
PERFECT PLAN Live At The Sharpener’s House
ABOUT FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL
Originally founded in Naples, Italy in 1996 by Serafino Perugino and his father Fernando as a distribution company, Frontiers has developed into one of the premiere independent rock labels in the world. Synonymous with quality music across a broad spectrum of rock and metal genres, the company works with multiple genre heavyweights and fan favourites. However, in addition to providing an outlet for classic and established acts, it has also become home to a wealth of young, up and coming talent whose musical prowess, when combined with the label’s savvy and forward thinking A&R and marketing approach, will be developed into the future of rock and metal. With a deep commitment to and passion for THE MUSIC and the artists who create it, plus massive global distribution, sales, marketing and promotion channels, Frontiers is the leading home for both established and emerging rock and metal artists.