Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Palace of Prog and AOR XII

Whenever you want your music smooth or classy, this is the place for all wimps but we are proud wimps.

2015 collaboration project. Geoff Downes is the keyboardist in The Buggles, Asia and Yes. He co-wrote the hits "Video Killed The Radio Star" and "Heat Of The Moment". Chris Braide is an award-winning British singer, songwriter and producer based in Los Angeles and recipient of the acclaimed Ivor Novella award as well as ASCAP and Billboard awards. Braide has written and produced for many artists including Sia, Lana Del Rey, David Guetta, Afrojack and recently produced Marc Almond's album The Velvet Trail.
Downes Braide Association´s new album Suburban ghosts is out now, listen to the album track Machinery of fate here.

Khymera still offers one of the most shining examples of what great European Melodic Rock is all about: crystal clear production, soaring vocals, killer musicianship and songwriting that reminds fans of the heydays of the genre when bands like Giuffria, Icon, and Signal ruled the airwaves.

Dennis Ward: bass guitar and lead vocals
Felix Bohnke: drums
Michael Klein: guitars
Eric Ragno: keyboards
Jim Rybkost: piano, additional keyboards

Listen to Never give up on you from the upcoming album The Grand Design, out Dec 4th.

FIND ME is a collaboration between Swedish musician, songwriter and producer Daniel Flores (Issa, The Murder of My Sweet, Seventh Wonder) and singer Robbie LaBlanc from Blanc Faces. The partnership was put together by Frontiers President, Serafino Perugino with a vision to unleash another AOR behemoth.

FIND ME’s debut album, “Wings of Love” was met with excellent reviews and fans begging for more music from the duo! No demands could have been easier to fulfill as the two guys just love working together and finding the right songs for the group from contributors the likes of Alessandro Del Vecchio, brothers Tom and James Martin (Vega, Issa), Soren Kronqvist (Sunstorm), Niclas Olsson (Alyson Avenue), Mark Mangold (Touch, Drive, She Said) or Philip Lindstrand (Strong) is never a problem.

The result is once again a delightful and massive melodic rock album chock full of mighty anthemic AOR songs with Robbie’s soaring lead vocals and amazing performances from Daniel Flores and guitarist Philip Lindstrand!

Sonically, this powerhouse album sits in between the classic sound of Journey and Giant and newcomers like W.E.T and Eclipse. Just another unmissable album for the AOR crowd from Frontiers!
Robbie Lablanc - Lead and background vocals
Philip Lindstrand - Rhythm and lead Guitars, Bass
Sören Kronqvist - Keyboards
Daniel Flores - Drums and Keyboards
Additional musicians:
Angelica Rylin - Vocals on "Another day"
Christopher Vetter - Lead guitars and Clean Guitars
Backing vocals: Robert Lablanc, Philip Lidstrand, Thomas Vikström, Angelica Rylin, Redas Jefisovas and Daniel Flores

Blood Red Saints was formed at the end of 2014 by singer Pete Godfrey and bassist Rob Naylor. Pete made his recording debut on the In Faith album in October 2014, but hungry to be in a 'band' rather than a project, Pete formed Blood Red Saints with Rob from the band Angels or Kings and quickly got to work writing their debut album.

The search for a name ended with the chance discovery of a semi legendary Speedway team “The Blood Red Saints”. BRS were formed in the late 1920s in Brooklyn, New York. Their Leader and Icon 'Freddie Rendetti' became synonymous with the team, Freddie was a fiery colorful character who ultimately lived the fast life a little too fast.
No history of the Blood Red Saints can be complete without the inclusion of James Martin of VEGA. James was instrumental in getting the band signed to Frontiers and – together with his twin brother Tom, he also co-wrote two songs on the album. Harry Hess from Harem Scarem took care of the mastering of the album. 
Blood Red Saints lineup is completed by another former In Faith member, Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse and currently the vocalist for Tainted Nation) on drums and Lee Revill on guitar (Gary Hughes).

The band’s debut album is an impressive slice of classic British AOR, following in the traditions of early Dare, FM and Newman. A classic in the making!

Pete Godfrey – vocals
Lee Revill - guitars
Rob Naylor – bass guitar
Pete Newdeck - drums

Check out the non album track Does it feel like love, which is a cover of the classic Signal song.

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