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BADASS to release debut album „More Pain, More Gain” world-wide on April 15th, 2017; first audio trailer available!

Italian Metal band BADASS will release their debut album “More Pain, More Gain” on April 15th, 2017 on Lion Music (digital) and via Cargo Records (physical). The band consists of some familiar names of the Italian Metal scene, i.e. Titta Tani (ex DGM) on vocals and Alberto Rigoni (TwinSpirit, Vivaldi Metal Project) on bass!

Check out their first album teaser here:

Badass: More Pain, More Gain

Release date: April 15th, 2017

Label: Lion Music (digital); Cargo Records (physical)

PR in Europe:


Well-known rock vocalist Titta Tani (Takayoshi Ohmura, ex DGM, CS’s Goblin), metal bassist Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, Vivaldi Metal Project, TwinSpirits), guitarist Alessio „Lex“ Tricarico (HorsePowerOverload, Four Roxx Down) and amazingly talented drummer Denis „Denzy“ Novello teamed up to create the outstanding new metal band BADASS!

„More Pain, More Gain“ is the name of their debut album which offers powerful vocals, killer heavy bass, massive rhythm guitar riffs, drums from hell… isn’t that perfect to kick your butt??

Titta Tani is an Italian singer and drummer, worldwide known also for his collaborations with Takayoshi Ohmura (Baby Metal, Marty Friedman), DGM, Emir Hot, Roger Staffelbach (Artension), Arthur Falcone, Ashent, Phoenix Rising and many others. As drummer he is currently playing for Claudio Simonetti’s Globin and has collaborated with bands such as Necrophagia, Edu Falaschi (Almah & Angra), Mark Boals (Y.J.Malmsteen, Ring of Fire), Mistheria (Vivaldi Metal Project). In October 2016 joined BADASS as official singer.


Alberto Rigoni is an Italian bass player and composer, internationally known for his career as a solo artist and as a member of the progressive rock band TwinSpirits, Lady & THE BASS and co-producer of the Vivaldi Metal Project. His five solo albums “Something Different”, “Rebirth”, “Three Wise Monkeys”, “Overloaded” and “Bassorama” were released world-wide between 2008-2016 are located between progressive rock metal and fusion, also featured legendary musicians such as Kevin Moore (ex Dream Theater), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson), Göran Edman (ex Yngwie Malmsteen), Michael Manring and many others.

Alberto was featured on the cover of magazines such as Bass Magazine (Japan), Bass Musician Magazine (USA), Bajos Y Bajistas (Spain), Basistas (Poland), TOP BASS (Poland). Moreover, in March 2015 the prestigious Bass Guitar Magazine (UK) released Alberto’s CD anthology called “Into THE BASS”.

Alessio “Lex” Tricarico is an Italian metal rock and acoustic guitarist, composer and guitar teacher; ex member of the progressive metal band Synapsis. Currently, he’s playing with the hard rock band HorsePowerOverload. As a founding member of FourRoxxDown Acoustic Party Quartet, Lex has a remarkable live activity.

Denis “Denzy” Novello is an Italian natural born rock metal drummer, graduated at AMM (Milan) in 2015. Denis has been playing for several Italian bands such as NeverNight and Rockdogs, and currently is working with Kim Bingham (ex Nelly Furtado). In 2014, he played drums on Alberto Rigoni’s Overloaded album. Denis is also a live and studio session player.

“More Pain, More Gain” is BADASS’ first album and will be released on April 15th, 2017 by Cargo (physically) and Lion Music (digitally). The record was mixed & mastered by Federico Solazzo at Pannekoek Rehab Studio (NL), artwork by Laslzo “absurdcus” Demeter.

Tracklist: 1. Intro, 2. More Pain, More Gain, 3. Nightmares of My Youth, 4. Royal Chains, 5. Strong and United, 6. What We Need, 7. One More Night, 8. Join Me, 9. Redemption, 10. Don’t Bother Me, 11. Outro


The PR for this release will start on March 1st. Please send us your requests!

KINGS OF BROADWAY sign to PRIDE & JOY MUSIC; self-titled debut album out on April 28th, 2017!

German label PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is proud to announce the signing of Italian Modern Rock band KINGS OF BROADWAY!

KINGS OF BROADWAY were originally formed in 2011 when guitarist Aldo Lonobile (one of the most recognized guitar players/composers from the Italian metal scene, founder member of bands like Secret Sphere, Civilization One and Shadowspell) started gathering musicians and friends to fulfill his desire to create a Hard Rock band.

After a year of writing songs, making demos with his longtime friends Luca Cartasegna (ex-Secret Sphere) on drums, Ricky Messeri on guitar and J.J. Andreone (Odd Dimension, A Perfect Day) on bass, the showed the ability to create amazing rock songs for the masses, once sung by the right singer!

After trying out some different options, J.J. suggested his long time friend Tiziano Spigno (that later became the singer of Lucky Bastardz); Tiziano has a unique vocal tone and an amazing ability in writing rock melodies that gives its best melted with KINGS OF BROADWAY!

This was 2012 – and the band then really started! From 2012 to 2015 they worked in the shadows, composing the whole debut album and recording it in the best way possible, with the aim to deliver an outstanding sound, able to play the game with the rock giants out in the market!

Among the great words received by the representatives of the musical industry, the band signed a record deal with the German label Pride & Joy Music in early 2017. The group’s  debut album “Kings Of Broadway” is set for a release on April 28th, 2017!

Kings Of Broadway” has been recorded by Tancredi Barbuscia at GreenRiver Studio, vocal production handled Michele Luppi at  MiLu’s RockLab II and Roberto Priori at PriStudio.

Please check out a first trailer here:

Mixed and Mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio.

Line-up: Tiziano Spigno – Vocals, Aldo Lonobile – Guitars, Ricky Messeri – Guitars, J.J. Andreone – Bass, Luca Cartasegna – Drums


The PR for this release will start end of February!

TWENTYDARKSEVEN release new album „Momentum“ on March 10th, 2017; on tour with Kissin‘ Dynamite!


TWENTYDARKSEVEN is a band founded by former PUMP singer and founder Marcus Jürgens (also ex-Brainstorm) and guitar wizard Peter Wagner (ex-Wicked Temptation, Piledriver) in January 2013. They are completed with guitar monster Marcel “Selly” Berhardt (ex-PUMP), bassist Christoph Renner and drummer Markus Herzog. Their musical goal is guitar oriented Heavy Rock like OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DIO, ACCEPT or DOKKEN combined with modern elements. Fans can expect timeless Rock with big hook lines, monster guitar riffs and outstanding vocals.

“Momentum”, the second album of TWETYDARKSEVEN, marks a new start in the bands career. Through some line-up changes and the commitment to a second guitar player their sound got more power and more space for guitar melodies.

Mixed and mastered by Alexander Brusencev (V8 Wankers, Gloomball) the album shows all elements of the TWENTYDARKSEVEN universe! The first single and video, “Shotgun Heart”, was chosen to be part of the Hollywood movie “Diary Of a Fatman” from Director/Producer Steve Ravic himself. The film had its debut at the international Film Festival in Cannes. Parts of the film will be shown in the video!

Line-Up: Marcus Jürgens – vocals; Peter Wagner – guitar; Marcel „Selly“ Bernhardt – guitar; Christoph Renner – bass; Markus Herzog – drums


Roar (2014), Momentum (2017)

Tourdates with Kissin Dynamite:

12.03.17 D-Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik

17.03.17 D-Dresden – Tante Ju

18.03.17 D-Cham – L.A.

23.03.17 D-Wiesbaden – Schlachthof

24.03.17 D-Bremen – Tivoli

25.03.17 D-Kiel – Orange Club

30.03.17 D-Dortmund – FZW

31.03.17 D-Karlsuhe – Substage

01.04.17 D-Memmingen – Kaminwerk 




BLACK DIAMONDS release „Once Upon A Time“ on AOR Heaven on March 24th, 2017!

Swiss Hard Rockers BLACK DIAMONDS will return with their second album “Once Upon A Time” on March 24th, 2017 on German label AOR Heaven!

The PR for the album via Haulix will start later during this afternoon (European time). Please send us your request and also check out the band’s tour dates:

18.03.2017: CD Release Party, Utzenstorf (CH)

25.03.2017: Black Point, Oberriet (CH)

08.04.2017: Sportgaststätte SV Riedmoos, Riedmoos (DE)

29.04.2017: Chillout, Boswil (CH)

06.05.2017: Hells Angels Update Party, Messehalle Dornbirn (A)

13.05.2017: Baragga-Fäscht, Sennwald (CH)

10.06.2017: Rock The Wolves Openair, Wolfhalden (CH)

12.08.2017: Openair Plandadein, Fanas (CH)


Product: Black Diamonds – Once Upon A Time

Release date: March 24th, 2017

Label: AOR Heaven

Territory: world



Black Diamonds, formed in 2004, are a hard rock band based in the Rhine Valley in eastern Switzerland. Musically and stylistically orientates on  80s rock music, which they pack into an energetic stage performance.

In 2008 the group released their first, self-produced album «First Strike». It contained ten original songs plus a cover version of Chuck Berry’s classic «Rock n’ Roll Music». “First Strike” today is out of print. A couple of songs however were completely repolished and re-recorded and found their way to the latest album «Once Upon A Time».
Black Diamonds were asked to compose a club anthem for the local Black Thunder MC in 2011. This song is available as digital single.

2013 saw the recording and release of the second long player «Perfect Sin». It was followed up by the extended «Perfect Swiss» tour, which brought the band through their home country and the adjacent countries. The two videos for «We Want To Party» and «I’ll Be OK» were shot and released during the tour. In addition another digital single, a cover version of the Rolling Stones‘ classic «Jumpin’ Jack Flash», was released.

The quartet took part in the official TV spot for the Swiss railway company (SBB) in 2013. On the set they made acquaintance with the producer of the Swiss TV serial «Pimp it or kick it», who offered them to appear in a complete episode. The show was broadcasted in the same year.

The new album «Once Upon A Time» was recorded in the band-owned studio and mixed by Tobias Lindell. Dragan Tanaskovic from the Bohus Sound Studios in Gothenburg Sweden (ABBA, Europe, In Flames, H.E.A.T., and many more) took care of the mastering.
The only exception is an additional piano version of «Vampires Of The Night», which was completely produced by Andreas Frei (Fäaschtbänkler)

Line-up: Michael Kehl – vocals, guitar; Andi Fässler, bass; Manuel Peng, drums; Andreas Rohner, lead guitar

Sound clips in advance:

BLACK DIAMONDS – Pieces Of A Broken Dream (Edit)

BLACK DIAMONDS – The Ghost And The Shadow (Edit)

BLACK DIAMONDS – Vampires Of The Night (Edit)

LET IT ROCK-FESTIVAL – Pressemitteilung, 26.01.2017

Sonntag, 12.03.2017

Einlass: 13:30 Uhr

Beginn: 14:30 Uhr

Vvk: €45,00 + Gebühren

Ak: € € 55,00


LET IT ROCK-Festival

Ein neues Classic Rock-Festival findet seine Heimat in der Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg! Liebhaber von klassischem Rock der Siebziger und Achtziger Jahre  dürfen sich auf diese Festivalreihe freuen! Es werden neben altbekannten Namen auch Newcomer und neuere Bands, die sich dem klassischen Sound verschrieben haben, auf diesem Festival zu sehen und hören sein.


Bei der ersten Ausgabe sind mit dabei:


„Turn Up The Radio“ oder „Loud And Clear“ waren die Hits, mit denen die US-Superstars in den Achtzigern in aller Ohren waren; jetzt sind sie zum ersten Mal überhaupt in Deutschland zu sehen. Mit im Gepäck hat die Band alle ihre Hits!



Die unverwüstlichen Heavy Rocker aus England, die mit „Cemetary Junction“

kürzlich ein neues Album veröffentlichten, sind selten in Deutschland zu Gast. 28 Jahre  nachdem sie in der Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg ihr legendäres Livealbum „One Helluva Night“ aufnahmen, kehren sie an den Ort des Geschehens zurück. Mit im Liveset sind natürlich alle Hits wie „Don’t Break The Circle“, „Live On The Wire“ oder die Hymne „Night Of The Demon“.



Nach langer Pause ist die legendäre deutsche Heavy Rock-Formation wieder aktiv und arbeitet an einem neuen Album. Beim Festival werden die  alten Hits wie „Break The Chains“, „Loser“ oder  „On The Loose“ gespielt.


Michael Bormann’s JADED HARD (GER)

Nach seinem Ausstieg im Jahre 2004 will Michael Bormann, Gründer und Songwriter der wohl besten deutschen Melodic Rockband, JADED HEART, es noch mal wissen und bringt alle großen Hits der Formation noch einmal auf die Bühne. Wer Songs wie „Anymore“, „Live And Let Die“, „Trust“ oder „Inside Out“ mit der Originalstimme hören will, sollte das hier nicht verpassen.



Die Hardrocker aus Balingen haben mit „My Own God“ eines der besten Szenealben 2016 veröffentlicht! Live sind die Jungs immer eine Bank!



Die Band um den ehemaligen BRAINSTORM- und PUMP-Sänger Marcus Jürgens feiern an diesem Festival den Release ihres zweiten Album „Momentum“.



Fans von FREE, BAD COMPANY oder CRY OF LOVE dürfen sich auf diese Band freuen. Die Italiener lassen diesen großartigen Gruppen in ihrem Sound neu aufleben!


Tickets und VIP Tickets gibt es auf der Festival Website unter

Normale Tickets an allen bekannten VVK-Stellen!

DARK FORCE RECORDS/ SOUND POLLUTION announce the release of SAMMY BERELL’s „Passion Dreams“!

Sweden always has been a country which has brought the Hard Rock & Metal community a lot of amazing, new talents – including some kind of extra-ordinary guitar geniuses.

The latest hottest sensation from Scandinavia in this respect is guitarist SAMMY BERELL who will debut with his album “Passion Dreams” on March 17th, 2017 via Dark Force/Sound Pollution. The neo-classical inspired Swedish axeman for this release joined forces with the exceptional singers Göran Edman and Mike Vescera and producer/drummer Daniel Flores.

A single and a video for the track “Drakkar” will be released in advance on February 17th.

If you are into “early” Yngwie Malmsteen and Europe’s John Norum’s ‘early’ solo albums, this will be a hot one for you!

The PR will start tomorrow – please contact us!


Product: Sammy Berell – Passion Dreams (2017)

Release Date: March 17th, 2017

Label: Dark Force Records/ Sound Pollution

PR in Europe & Japan:


Dream passionately. Dedicate your life to your craft. Work hard and aim for the stars! That is the story of Sammy Berell.

It all started back in the early 80’s when as a kid Sammy walked into a church and heard the angelic sound of the organ and someone playing a classical composition by Johann Sebastian Bach. Mesmerized by the sound and bewildered by how someone could play so many different tones, classical music would have a great impact on his life from this day.

Sammy Berell was so inspired by the old composers and started practicing different instruments, including the piano at the age of six as well as the flute, drums and violin to name a few.  As an early teenager he was given an electrical guitar by his father and at the same time he had grown tired of his acoustic one.  He was instantly hooked because it was so easy to play and learn it. It felt all so natural.

Encouraged by his parents, most importantly his mother to pursue his dreams about music, he practiced day in and day out. But people never seemed to understand his extraordinary talent and few people took him seriously. Even though he knew he was good, Sammy Berell wanted to shine above all the others. He sacrificed a lot for years as he recorded himself and practiced even more. He knew that he had to aim high and never compromise if he wanted to reach his dream.

Sammy Berell’s debut “Passion Dreams” is set for release in March 2017 on Dark Force Records / Sound Pollution. The album, born out of dream-fueled passion was recorded in Sound VS Science Studio with producer Daniel Flores (The Murder Of My Sweet, Mind’s Eye, Saviour) together with Sammy Berell as a co-producer.

The album features some of the greatest voices in hard rock; Michael Vescera (Yngwie Malmsteen, Loudness, Obsession) as well as Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum, Kharma).

Line-up: Sammy Berrell (guitars/ bass/ keyboards/ vocals), Michael Vescera (vocals), Göran Edman (vocals), Daniel Flores (drums/ keyboards)  /

PRIDE & JOY MUSIC signs Modern Hard Rock band STARSICK SYSTEM; release date & cover artwork revealed!

PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is happy to announce the signing of Italian Modern Hard Rock band STARSICK SYSTEM for the release of their second album “Lies, Hopes & Other Stories”. The release date was set to June 23rd, 2017!


STARSICK SYSTEM is a new sensation in modern hard rock, mixing influences from bands like Alter Bridge, Sixx AM, Shinedown with the deep research for a personal sound where catchy choruses and melodies are melted with heavy riffing.

After the release of their debut album “Daydreamin’” in the year 2015, the band supported Zakk Wylde’s BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and GUS G. (Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist) on tour in Italy.  Please check out the video for the track “Believe” from this album here:

The sophomore release, “Lies, Hopes & Other Stories”, was recorded during the year 2016 and caught the attention of PRIDE & JOY MUSIC in the same . The first instant grats, a lyric video and a full video clip will be released shortly and more touring is planned for later in the year!  

Line-up: Marco Sandron – vocals, guitars; David Donati – guitars; Ivan Moni Bidin – drums, Valeria Battain – bass



PRIDE & JOY MUSIC signs Frode Hovd’s ALDARIA; release date for „Land Of Light“ revealed!

PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is proud to announce the signing of Frode Hovd’s ALDARIA for the release of their Metal Opera concept album “Land Of Light”! The release of this record is scheduled for March 24th, 2017!

          Frode Hovd

“Land Of Light” is the highly anticipated debut release by the new all-star metal opera ALDARIA! The album contains 11 epic tracks in the vein of old Helloween & Avantasia, with fast-paced hymns to beautiful ballads.
The band is masterminded by guitarist Frode Hovd from the Norwegian metal group MEMORIZED DREAMS who was joined by a host of world known guests from the metal community including Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, voc), Todd Michael Hall (Riot V, voc), Rick Altzi (Masterplan, voc), Mathias Blad (Falconer, voc), Jonas Heidgert (Dragonland, voc), Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer, guit.), Roland Grapow (Masterplan, guit.), Mike LePond, (Symphony X, bass), Uli Kusch (ex Helloween, dr.), Peter Danielsen (Darkest Sins, synths) and Mistheria (Vivaldi Metal Project, keys). The album has been in production for over two years.

Produced and fully written by Hovd himself, this conceptional album was mixed by Roland Grapow (Masterplan) at Grapow Studios and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Primal Fear, Volbeat, Doro etc) at Hansen Studios. Artwork by Stan W. Decker (Jorn, Serious Black…).

The full cast of musicians performing on this release and an essay about the lyrical concept is found here:

For more information, pleae visit:

The PR for “Land Of Light” will start at the end of January.

PRIDE & JOY MUSIC to release all four albums by EMPIRE in 2017!

EMPIRE is the Hard Rock band of German guitarist Rolf Munkes (ex Majesty, ex Razorback, Crematory) which has released four exceptional albums in between the years of 2001 and 2007. On these releases, Munkes was accompanied by numerous high-class musicians.

The history of EMPIRE began in the year 2001 with the release of the album “Hypnotica” (Lion Music) which featured both the American singers Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and Lance King (ex Nightmare) on vocals. The line-up at the time was completed by Neil Murray (bass, ex Whitesnake, Brian May Band, Black Sabbath etc.), Gerald Klos (drums), Anders Johansson (drums, ex Stratovarius) and Don Airey (keyboards, ex Rainbow, Deep Purple). Rolf Munkes produced „Hypnotica“ himself; the mix was handled by Stefan Kaufmann (ex Accept, ex U.D.O.).


Only one year later, “Trading Souls”, the band’s second album came out on Lion Music. The CD once again was produced by Munkes with the mix being handled by Kaufmann. On this release, singer extraordinare Tony Martin (ex Black Sabbath) replaced King and Martin on the vocal spot.

Tony Martin also sang on the – up until now – most successful CD from EMPIRE, “The Rave Ride”, which was released in 2006 on German label Metal Heaven. Besides of Munkes, who, for the first also produced and mixed this release himself at his own  Empire Studios in Bensheim, Germany, Neil Murray took again care of the bass work whilst the drums this time were handled by ex-Rage/ex-Axxis drummer André Hilgers.

In 2007, the so far last album of EMPIRE saw the light of day. “Chasing Shadows” was once again released on Metal Heaven and the first record feat. former Rainbow singer Doogie White in the line-up. Mike Terrana (ex Rage, ex Axel Rudi Pell, Tarja Turunen) joined the group on drums.

In 2017, German label Pride & Joy Music will re-issue all four releases in a revised version. First up will be “Hypnotica” which will be released on February 24th, 2017 and include the three bonus tracks „Take A Look Around“, „Dogtown Shuffle“ and „Spread My Wings“ (acoustic version). One other album will follow every three months.


Discography: 2001 – Hypnotica, 2002 – Trading Souls, 2006 – The Raven Ride, 2007 – Chasing Shadows

JIMI ANDERSON GROUP to release „Longtime Comin’” on February 24th, 2017; first instant grat available now!

PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is proud to announce the release of “Longtime Comin’” on CD and as download on February 24th, 2017! 

A first instant grat for the track “Where Do We Go From Here” is released today and found at this link: 


About the artist:

Born in Rigside, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Jimis first Rock band was in 1978, singing mainly Rush & Deep Purple songs & so his passion for ‚Classic Rock‘ had begun.  The next few years brought many hours of practise & to Paul Rodgers, David Coverdale & Ronnie James Dio for inspiration.

He began writing songs and formed the rock band Sahara whilst spending any spare time attending a gazzillion gigs at the Legendary ‚Glasgow Apollo‘ till it closed in 1985. Various incarnations of the band ensued including a name change to „The Hardline“ until they were picked up by Wet Wet Wet’s manager Elliott Davis and offered a management contract on the strength of a demo tape.

Showcasing his phenomenal voice, five years of recording demo’s, touring, notable sell out gigs at Glasgow’s King Tut’s, London’s ‚Borderline Club‘ and a support to Wet Wet Wet in front of 30,000 people at Glasgow Green. Jimi continued writing, performing and recording, appearing on Michael Barrymore’s shows ‚ My Kind of People‘ & ‚Barrymore‘ in 1997/98 and went on to sing at concerts & festivals in Romania, Turkey and Holland. Living now in York, Jimi has continued writing.

The vocalist moved on to spend two years as lead vocalist with Tribute Band ‚A Foreigners Journey ‚ he toured extensively in the UK and Rhodes. Meeting new friends along the way, and his voice just got better and better so a decision was made to leave „A Foreigners Journey“ and  the next adventure started. His latest project is a tribute to great American Melodic Rock with some great musicians and friends „Legends of AOR“ debut gig was in Spain in front of a crowd of Rhodes Rockers, safe to say it was so emotional that tears were shed.

The album:

After recently recording an album of original songs at FML studios in Scotland with Sandy Jones and Greame Duffin he is now starting a new challenge to take his music on the road, and so the Jimi Anderson Group was born. The new album “Longtime Comin’” is a fusion of  Classic Melodic Rock and  AOR, and the original tunes showcase Jimi’s voice perfectly.

Line-up: Jimi Anderson (vocals), Sandy Jones (bass, guitars, drums), Greame Duffin (lead guitars)




13.01. UK-Glasgow, The Ferry (with JAG)

25.02. UK-Glasgow, Ivory Blacks (with JAG – Album Release Gig)

04.03. UK-Bathgate, The Dreadnaught (with JAG)

10.-12.03. UK-Great Yarmouth, Vauxhall Holiday Park (with Legends Of AOR)

15.07. UK-Glasgow, Classic Grand (with JAG)

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