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FOCUS Release New Album ‘Golden Oldies’

Dutch Rock Legends FOCUS Released New Album ‘Golden Oldies’ On April 14, 2014
London, UK – Dutch rock legends Focus released their eagerly awaited new album on April 14, 2014. Titled ‘Golden Oldies’, the new release features re-recordings of classic Focus tracks, featuring “Hocus Pocus”, “Sylvia”, “House Of The King” and others. Focus has recently embarked on a world tour in support of their forthcoming album.
Thijs Van Leer explains, “Producing ‘Golden Oldies’ is tricky. Both the die hard Fans and the 2014 Focus-members were having doubts about this enterprise, because we didn’t know if the recent recordings would match the original material, notwithstanding the fact that we had so much fun in doing the session, quick, romantic, virtuoso, full of funny moments & profoundness; But… the final mix turns out to be fantastic and we all are proud to release this album at our earliest convenience!! Halleluya!!!”
With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the ’70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits “Hocus Pocus”, “House of The King” and “Sylvia”, the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their new album, which is guaranteed to please their legions of fans!
After a comeback in the early 2000’s, the band has gone from strength to strength, with their last studio album ‘Focus X’ still receiving considerable support from music fans across multiple genres. Along with Thijs van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is beloved Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden, who joined the group on their second album ‘Moving Waves’ in 1972.
Internationally renowned for his rhythmic skills, Pierre remains a defining factor in the Focus sound. Bassist Bobby Jacobs, who comes from a well-acclaimed Dutch musical family and guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, complete the band’s current line-up.
Most recently, the group’s 1972 worldwide hit “Hocus Pocus” was featured in the major motion picture ‘Robocop’ starring Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton.
To purchase Focus ‘Golden Oldies’: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4574
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/golden-oldies/id859420874
For more information: http://www.focustheband.com

TRIPTYKON “Melana Chasmata” out now!

Already receiving massive media acclaim and having been launched by means of a triumphant live performance at Sunday’s Afterburner event in the Netherlands as part of this year’s Roadburn Festival, Triptykon’s much anticipated sophomore album, Melana Chasmata, is released now via Century Media Records/Prowling Death Records.


TRIPTYKON’s Melana Chasmata is available in the following formats (all pictured above!):


CD Mediabook (Main album CD edition, incl. 32-page booklet & additional  

12-panel fold-out booklet)

CD Jewelcase (Incl. 32-page booklet)

Gatefold black 2LP on 180gr. vinyl + 2 posters and 16-page large-format booklet

Ltd. Gatefold transparent 2LP on 180gr. vinyl (limited to 300 copies) + 2 posters & 16-page large-format booklet - exclusive to CMDistro

Ltd. Gatefold dark green 2LP on 180gr. vinyl (limited to 500 copies) + 2 posters & 16-page large-format booklet - exclusive to CMDistro

Ltd. Deluxe CD Box Set (limited to 2.000 numbered copies, containing the CD Mediabook edition as well as the following selection of unique Triptykon paraphernalia: A silver Triptykon-“T” necklace, 2 specially manufactured Triptykon candles, a Triptykon tote bag, a poster hand-signed by Tom Gabriel Warrior and 3 postcards) - exclusive to CMDistro

Ltd. 3x10Inch Box Set on black vinyl (limited to 1.000 copies) + 1 poster & 16-page large-format booklet) - exclusive to Nuclear Blast Shop Europe & CM Distro USA

Digital Download

You can order Melana Chasmata at CMDistro here: http://smarturl.it/triptykonCMD and digitally here: http://smarturl.it/melanachasmataITUNES

Triptykon’s Melana Chasmata (67:25 min. playing time!) tracklisting is as follows:


1. Tree Of Suffocating Souls   

2. Boleskine House   

3. Altar Of Deceit   

4. Breathing   

5. Aurorae   

6. Demon Pact   

7. In The Sleep Of Death   

8. Black Snow   

9. Waiting

Next to being released on the (sold-out) 7” EP and Digital Single Breathing, you can also promotionally stream the songs Breathing here: http://youtu.be/-HnBYO8k5pM and Boleskine House here: http://youtu.be/h4a8UGehzIE or both songs here: https://soundcloud.com/centurymedia/sets/triptykon-melana-chasmata  

Here is a list of all upcoming live-shows for Triptykon, including their recently announced appearance at Jallometalli Festival in Oulu, Finland on August 8th, 2014:

TRIPTYKON Live 2014:

4-20-14 - Munich (Germany) - Backstage / Dark Easter Metal Meeting / Link or Link

5-22-14 - Baltimore (USA) - Maryland Deathfest / www.marylanddeathfest.com 

6-6-14 - Gelsenkirchen (Germany) - Rock Hard Festival / www.rockhardfestival.de  
6-11-14 - Copenhagen (Denmark) - Copenhell Festival /

6-27-14 - Dessel (Belgium) - Graspop Metal Meeting / www.graspop.be  
8-8-14 - Oulu (Finland) - Jalometalli Festival /

8-30-14 - Wörrstadt (Germany) Neuborn Open Air Festival / www.noaf.de

12-4-14 - London (UK) - Forum + At The Gates & Morbus Chron

12-5-14 - Manchester (UK) - Academy 2 + At The Gates & Morbus Chron

12-6-14 - Glasgow (UK) - Garage + At The Gates & Morbus Chron

12-7-14 - Birmingham (UK) - Academy + At The Gates & Morbus Chron

12-8-14 - Cardiff (UK) - Solus + At The Gates & Morbus Chron

12-10-14 - Essen (Germany) - Turock + At The Gates & Morbus Chron

12-11-14 - Hamburg (Germany) - Markthalle + At The Gates & Morbus Chron

12-12-14 - Eindhoven (The Netherlands) - Eindhoven Metal Meeting / www.eindhovenmetalmeeting.com

12-13-14 - Leipzig (Germany) - Conne Island + At The Gates & Morbus Chron

12-14-14 - Wien (Austria) - Arena + At The Gates & Morbus Chron

12-16-14 - Aarau (Switzerland) - Kiff + At The Gates & Morbus Chron

12-17-14 - Munich (Germany) - Backstage Werk + At The Gates & Morbus Chron

12-18-14 - Antwerpen (Belgium) - Trix + At The Gates & Morbus Chron

12-19-14 - Cologne (Germany) - Essigfabrik + At The Gates & Morbus Chron

12-20-14 - Berlin (Germany) - Postbahnhof + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
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Sony/Legacy Recordings Launch Year-Long Celebration of Henry Mancini with 50th Anniversary Limited Edition of The Pink Panther Soundtrack Album


Sony/Legacy Recordings Launch Year-Long Celebration of Henry Mancini with 50th Anniversary Limited Edition of The Pink Panther Soundtrack Album, Pressed on 12” PINK VINYL for Record Store Day 2014

American Composer To Be Commemorated with 11 CD Soundtrack Collection

Sony/Legacy Recordings will celebrate American composer Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 - June 14, 1994) with a variety of collectible commemorative titles to be released throughout 2014.  The new official Henry Mancini website (www.HenryMancini.com) will launch on April 16, 2014, the composer’s 90th birthday. 

The 50th Anniversary of The Pink Panther - Music from the Film Score Composed and Conducted by Henry Mancini will be commemorated with the release of a limited edition, individually numbered 12” PINK VINYL LP created for Record Store Day 2014, celebrated at independent record stores worldwide on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  Mancini’s indelible “Pink Panther Theme,” first heard in the archetypal ’60s crime caper comedy starring Peter Sellers and directed by Blake Edwards, is, in the current digital era, the #1 most-streamed song in the entire Sony Music catalog.  The original Pink Panther soundtrack album was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2001 and is being expanded for a 2014 50th Anniversary Edition to include bonus material. 

An 11 CD deluxe box set comprising the best of Henry Mancini’s classic film soundtracks is in the works for 2014, while a retrospective tribute, featuring catalog and new recordings of the composer’s unforgettable songs, is currently under development with details TBA. 

Born Enrico Nicola “Henry” Mancini in Cleveland’s “Little Italy,” the quintessential American soundtrack composer entered the music industry at the end of World War II, becoming a pianist and arranger for the newly reformed Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1946.  By the mid 1950s, Mancini had written music for more than 100 movies, from “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” to Orson Welles’ “Touch of Evil.”  Mancini’s score for “The Glenn Miller Story” earned him his first Academy Award nomination; out of his 18 nominations, he’d win four Oscars.  Throughout his career, he released close to 250 album titles and scored more than 190 films. 

Henry Mancini composed music that’s woven into the fabric of American pop culture: The Pink Panther Theme, the “Peter Gunn” bass line, “Moon River” (from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”), “Days of Wine and Roses” and more. 

Mancini holds the record for most Grammy nominations (72), out of which he won 20.  In addition to his four Academy Awards, he won a Golden Globe, secured two Emmy nominations and was honored in 2004 with a United States Commemorative Postal Stamp.


Look for KIX— Steve Whiteman (lead vocals), Jimmy Chalfant (drums, vocals), Ronnie Younkins (guitars), Brian Forsythe (guitars) and Mark Schenker (bass)—to release their first new album in almost two decades on July 22, thanks to their new partnership with Loud & Proud Records.  What makes the project even more exciting and anticipated is that the album features the band’s original line-up, with the exception of Schenker on bass.
 “The boys and I are so happy that our old friend, Tom Lipsky, has invited us to join the Loud & Proud family,” exclaims Whiteman.  “We worked with Tom and Madelyn Scarpulla on our last studio album, SHOW BUSINESS, and we’re looking forward to working with them again with the release of the first new KIX album in almost 19 years!  We’ll still be coming to a dump near you very soon!”
Loud & Proud Owner & President Tom Lipsky adds, “What I have always loved about KIX is they make rock ‘n roll fun.  What I love about their new music is that it’s pure, genuine KIX music, straight up guitar rock with no compromise.  They’re not chasing trends or trying to re-invent themselves.  They’re simply doing what they do best…and now they can do it Loud and Proud!”
Marking the re-emergence of KIX in early-2000’s, the band had teamed up a few times a year to test the waters with reunion shows in the Maryland/Pennsylvania, which were very well received.  Then in the summer of 2008, KIX performed outside the mid-Atlantic for the first time in 13 years at two of the biggest rock festivals in the U.S.  Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK and Rock the Bayou in Houston, TX.  The band was hailed by many music websites and attendees as Best Performance at both festivals, where they played alongside Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Tesla, Queesryche, Ratt, and more.
As the demand for new music has never subsided and in fact has only increased over the last few years, the band decided that they can no longer ignore the overtures from their fans and are currently recording new KIX songs.  The new album, due out summer 2014, is produced by Taylor Rhodes, who last worked with KIX on 1991’s HOT WIRE album.  Rhodes has also written hit songs for Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne and Journey.
Stay tuned for new album news, which will be announced in the coming weeks, and check out KIX on tour at any of the following stops (with more to be announced soon):
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
Fri 4/25             Columbia, MD               M3 Festival
Sat 5/24            Pryor, OK                     Rocklahoma
Sat 5/31            Sandusky, OH               Ohio Bike Week
Fri 6/6               Vernal, UT                     Thunder Rocks
Sat 6/21            Idaho Falls, ID               Rock The Falls
Fri 7/25             Royalton, MN                Halfway Jam
Thu 7/31            Leemore, CA                 Tachi Palace Casino
About Loud & Proud Records:
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label.  Labels under Lipsky’s direction in the past (CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group) have been among the market leaders in the veteran artist space with releases by Neil Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Morrissey, Earth Wind & Fire, The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Bad Company and more.  In a previous joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, Loud & Proud was responsible for new albums by Rush, Lenny Kravitz, Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and The Steve Miller Band.  Loud & Proud’s current roster includes five-time Emmy Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation, supergroup rock band The Winery Dogs, renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident, multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk, Seattle’s alternative Walking Papers, critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile, powerhouse rockers KIX and the classic Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.  Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC, and is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC/Edel AG.


April 16, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Soulful singer-songwriter Jesse Denaro is amassing major momentum for his upcoming debut album, Dear, Love, which is due out on May 13th. In anticipation for the release, Denaro has premiered a new song called “Young & Naive” today at Purevolume.com. Fans are invited to pre-order the record now at http://jessedenaro.bigcartel.com/.
Stream “Young & Naive” now, exclusively at Purevolume.com: http://bit.ly/1taKbF7
Denaro’s latest offering from Dear, Love is a rhythmic pop anthem that’s filled with memorable hooks, exuding heartbreaking passion with every driving verse. 
"”Young & Naive" is about feeling like you can’t seem to do the right thing,” Denaro explains to Purevolume.com. “About how you hurt yourself/others, make the wrong decisions, and can’t seem to find the path in which you should be on. It’s about the struggle with being lost, and how it’s hard sometimes to change and become the man/woman you know you should be.”
Drawing favorable comparisons to artists like City & Colour, John Mayer, and Death Cab for Cutie, Denaro’s honest approach to music is both refreshing and highly accessible to fans of different genres, backgrounds and ages.  Dear, Love features ten tracks about life, love and loss and the mistakes along the way including the recently released song “The Grand La Monz” and “Young & Naive.”
Follow Jesse Denaro now at https://www.facebook.com/jessedenaroofficial for additional news and updates.
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FALCONER return with “Black Moon Rising”!

Sweden’s FALCONER return with “Black Moon Rising”!

Swedish folk metal forerunners FALCONER return to glory with their new album "Black Moon Rising," which is scheduled to be released the June 6th in Europe, June 9th in the UK, and June 10th in North America! The first single to be released from the album, "Locust Swarm," is streaming now at metalblade.com/falconer.

After the release of their last album "Armod" in 2011, the first album entirely sung in Swedish and concentrating on the folk elements in the music, FALCONER return to the power and the glory of their roots. "Black Moon Rising" was recorded at Sonic Train Studios with Andy LaRocque, and is scheduled for release in June 2014 via Meta Blade Records. This album is the most guitar oriented, riff-filled, and fastest Falconer release to date. This is a much hungrier and more vital Falconer, with some of their finest material in many years.

Comments FALCONER main composer Stefan Weinerhall: "After an 8 month complete break from music on the verge of quitting it, I finally returned with a feeling of hunger, power and commitment to the song writing. The goal we all had was to wake up, stir things up a bit and perform at our very best. And so we all did!!"

"Black Moon Rising" track listing:
01. Locust Swarm
02. Halls and Chambers
03. Black Moon Rising
04. Scoundrel and the Squire
05. Wasteland
06. In Ruins
07. At The Jester’s Ball
08. There’s a Crow on the Barrow
09. Dawning of a Sombre Age
10. Age of Runes
11. The Priory

Mathias Blad: vocals
Stefan Weinerhall: guitar
Jimmy Hedlund: guitar
Magnus Linhardt: bass
Karsten Larsson: drums

FALCONER discography:
"Falconer" (2001)
"Chapters From A Vale Forlorn" (2002)
"Sceptre Of Deception" (2003)
"Grime Vs. Grandeur" (2005)
"Northwind" (2006)
"Among beggars and thieves" (2008)
"Armod" (2011)
"Black moon rising" (2014)


Hold Tight! On Tour with Old Flings; Catch Them At Pouzza Fest

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Hold Tight! have announced a string of spring tour dates up the east coast with Old Flings. The dates lead up to their appearance at Pouzza Fest (Dillinger Four, The Hold Steady, The Menzingers, The Front Bottoms) in Montreal.

Stream/download the latest from Hold Tight:
Blizzard of ‘96 EPK

Expect a new Hold Tight! EP coming this Fall.

Tour w/ Old Flings

May 13 - Richmond, VA @ Church of Abraham
May 14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House
May 15 - Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s Pub w/ Aspiga,
May 16-18 - Montreal, QC @ Pouzza Fest
May 19 - Toronto, ON @ Izakaya Sushi House
May 20 - Newark, DE @ Bummer’s Beach House



“check your pulse if you don’t find yourself bopping along”–Popmatters
The Los Angeles based Dollyrots continue the party with the release of their new album Barefoot And Pregnant and lyric videos for each album track.   This week check out the video for the song Bury Me In Ireland exclusively at On Request Magazine.
See the video here: www.rockonrequest.com
“When asked where our favorite place in the World to tour is Ireland is always at the top of the list. Whether that has to do with the whiskey, or maybe just a sense of familiarity we  feel from being around people that remind us of our family. This is our love song to the Irish people, their sweaty embraces, and wild spirit.” Explains the band
Reserve your spot for the bands live streaming acoustic performance on STAGEIT on April 23 at 3:00pm PST for The Dollyrots Do Greenday, with special prizes packs for the top tippers and a good time for all. There are a limited amount of pay-what-you-want tickets available and the band will interact with fans via chat during the performance.
Check out: https://www.stageit.com/the_dollyrots/the_dollyrots_do_green_day/35873
Barefoot And Pregnant was produced by the band with John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, Andrew WK, Miley Cyrus,) and is out now on Arrested Youth/Hunnypot Records.
www.thedollyrots.com ;


UK’S Celebrated Rock Band Divulges Details On Upcoming 10th Studio Album
April 16, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Recognized as one of the UK’s most cherished and critically acclaimed rock bands, ANATHEMA have pulled back the curtains on their boldest and most dynamic album to date, distant satellites, which is due out in the U.S. on June 10th. Today, the band has revealed further details of the upcoming release including the track list and insight into the making of their timeless and transcendent tenth studio album.
Stream a teaser for distant satellites here: http://youtu.be/DtkvjbvPk8w
Initially hailed as pioneers of an entire sub genre, ANATHEMA has spent the vast majority of their career making music that defies description and easy pigeonholing. Quietly progressive and perpetually focused on new horizons, the band have been steadily and constantly evolving: they embraced languorous Floydian hues as far back as the mid 90s, when such things were wildly unfashionable; their mastery of melancholy, melody and spine-tingling atmosphere setting them proudly apart from their erstwhile peers, and as progressive music entered a new phase of credibility and renown in the 21st century, propelling them to the forefront of a nebulous but increasingly adored musical movement.
Previous albums like Judgement, A Fine Day To Exit and A Natural Disaster strengthened their reputation beyond all measure, but it was the startling evolutionary leap of 2010’s critically acclaimed We’re Here Because We’re Here – famously mixed by modern prog’s undisputed high priest, Steven Wilson – that firmly and finally established ANATHEMA as a unique force in modern music and among the modern era’s foremost songwriters and musicians.
ANATHEMA returns in 2014 with what will surely be recognized as their finest album to date. A gleaming anthology of beautifully crafted songs, performed with vitality, intensity and utmost passion, distant satellites is gloriously realized and painstakingly crafted as any in their illustrious canon. Furthermore, it showcases yet another imperious forward step into the realm of miraculous songwriting. Working again with producer/mixer Christer-André Cederberg, not to mention using the incredible talents of Steven Wilson to mix two tracks – ‘You’re Not Alone’ and ‘Take Shelter’ and also employing the legendary services of Dave Stewart (Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson) to create the new album’s extraordinary orchestral arrangements, the overall feel of the record is much more restrained and stripped down than its predecessors, as Danny Cavanagh explains.
“This album is more stripped back and that was conscious. We thought it was time to strip the elements back, so unless something really needs to be there we’re not gonna put it on,” he says. “It was a bit of the Radiohead Kid A approach. OK Computer was very dense and layered, and they came back with this stripped back recording that was based and built around the vocals and it wasn’t totally jammed and multi-layered.”
Complementing the album is the beautifully ethereal artwork created by Korean new media artist Sang Jun Yoo, based around his Distant Light Installation in New York.
Destined to be one of the most celebrated and acclaimed albums of 2014, distant satellites is the work of a band whose collective love of making music and sharing its intangible magic with others grows stronger by the year.
ANATHEMA recently finished a hugely successful tour of the U.S. which followed the band’s first ever headlining tour of North America last Fall. The band will tour extensively behind the new record including their “Satellites Over Europe” tour a run in Australia and select European festival dates.
distant satellites Track List:
1. THE LOST SONG part 1
2. THE LOST SONG part 2
3. DUSK (dark is descending)
5. THE LOST SONG part 3
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