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SOUL SECRET sign to PRIDE & JOY MUSIC; new album „Babel“ to be released July 28th, 2017!

Pride & Joy Music is delighted to announce the signing of Italian Progressive Metal band SOUL SECRET for the release of their fourth album “Babel” which will be released on July 28th, 2017. Songs from this record will premiere live in Germany at the band’s opening performance for this year’s NIGHT OF THE PROG FESTIVAL at the Loreley on July 14th, opening for none other than MIKE PORTNOY.


Soul Secret are an Italian progressive metal band based in Naples. After a long time playing together, they hit the market in 2008 with their debut album „Flowing Portraits“, published by ProgRock Records and with Mark Basile (DGM) as guest singer on the whole album. This album was highly praised by the critics and let them play on stage together with bands like Pendragon, Vanden Plas and Subsignal. After three years the band published „Closer To Daylight“ under Galileo Records, a heavier album featuring Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie Band) on „River’s Edge“ and Arno Menses on the acclaimed 16+ minutes suite „Aftermath“. After playing together again with Subsignal and Vanden Plas, the band decided to change the singer and to start working on a new album. While writing it, they played together with Haken and Neal Morse Band. Their third release, called „4“, was their first concept album and released on April 10th 2015 (October 4th in USA) by GoldenCore Records and distributed by Zyx Music.

Their new album, titled „BABEL“, will be released by Pride & Joy Music on July 28th 2017 and will be previewed at Night Of The Prog, opening Mike Portnoy’s show. BABEL is a concept album, covering topics like religion and love and ranging from classic progressive rock to more modern progressive metal, with influences from djent, electronic and latin music. The artwork was completely designed by Thomas Ewerhard and the mix handled by Alex Argento (Virgil Donati, Marco Sfogli)

Line-up: Claudio Casaburi (Bass), Luca Di Gennaro (Keyboards), Lino Di Pietrantonio (Vocals), Antonio Mocerino (Drums), Antonio Vittozzi (Guitars)

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14.07. D-Loreley, Night Of The Prog

BADGE sign to PRIDE & JOY MUSIC; new album „If It Hurts It Must Be Good“ to be released July 28th, 2017!

Pride & Joy Music is delighted to announce the signing of Swedish Hard Blues Rock band BADGE for the release of their third album “If It Hurts It Must Be Good”! The release was set to July 28th, 2017!


BADGE was put together by guitarist/singer Matti Norlin and drummer Fredrik Haake in 2002. Matti´s love for Pre War Blues and both their ambition to create new and exciting music is the drive. 

Since then BADGE has released two albums „Kill Another Fuzz“ in 2010 and „If I Could Love I’d Love This“ in 2013.  Their new album“ If It Hurts It Must Be Good“ will be available via Pride & Joy Music from July 28th, 2017.

With focus on energy, new paths and groove, but always to serve the song, BADGE has been breaking new ground ever since. Even though they started out with the old Blues in mind, they never thought about themselves as a Blues band. Rather a band that makes it’s own mark with many influences. 

In 2013 BADGE was picked to represent Sweden in the European Blues Challenge. In 2014 Matti Norlin and Fredrik Haake got a composer-scholarship from SKAP (Swedish Society of song-writers) for the music of BADGE, and the video for the track “If I Could Love This” reached over 135.000 views on YouTube.

With the new album „If It Hurts It Must Be Good„, they have really come a long way as far as songwriting and getting a unique sound on print! The first advance single from the album, „Break Down“, was picked by Swedish national radio as one of the top 30 songs of Rock in 2015!

*Matti Norlin has released four solo albums: Pre War Blues (1995), Kitchen Sink Blues (1998), Sliding Out (2002) and  LIVE – Blues Three Floors Up (2010). Matti has established himself as a great blues artist and is one of the most perceptive interpreters of early Scandinavian „Pre War Blues“. He has also appeared on records with Sam Mitchell (ex-Rod Stewart’s band), Nicolai Dunger and Tony & The Bitters (interpretations of the Swedish death metal band Dismember).

*Fredrik Haake has previously played with New York band God is my co-pilot as he made several tours with, both in Europe and the U.S. Fredrik was involved in two of the band’s CDs. He also starred in his New York period in Jim Sclavunos (from Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds) new band The Vanity Set and recorded an album with Roger Manning. Fredrik has also been featured in Sideburn, Moa and Swedish-American heavy metal band Meldrum who toured with: Motorhead, Zakk Wylde Black Label Society, Sepultura, Danzig, and Nashville Pussy. 

*Lennart „Z“ Zethzon is featured in Swedish Classic rock band „Lugnet“ who released their debut last year. He also appears on two albums with Clifftones. In -98 Lennart put down the bass for Leda Battisti’s self title release, featuring Grammy Award winner Ottmar Liebert.




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Swedish guitar player JACK L. STROEM to release self-titled debut album on May 26th, 2017!

Yesterday, the PR for the debut album by Swedish guitar player JACK L. STROEM started! The Swedish based guitar wizard will debut with his self-titled release which mixing up influences from the Classical Heavy Metal bands with a modern sound on May 26th, 2017!

We’re currently taking all kind of PR requests for this artist and his release. Please contact us!


Title: Jack L. Stroem – s/t

Release date: May 26th, 2017

Label: self-financed

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Jack L. Stroem is the newest up and coming artist in Gothenburg’s Rock scene, taking influences from old bands such as Rainbow, Judas Priest and Genesis mixing it with a modern heavy alt-rock sound. He has always been a musician at heart, smashing his mother’s mandolin while watching Deep Purple – California Jam at age 4, picking up the guitar some years later and singing shortly thereafter. Slowly building up a name for himself Jack went to Tommy Reinxeed (Sabaton, Reinxeed) and Christian Liljegren (Narnia).  He guested a solo on the title track from Reinxeed’s album „Welcome To The Theatre“ in 2012.

In late 2016 with two tours behind him, the artist went in the studio abroad in Salem OR, USA to record his self-titled debut with producer Charles Normal and with a hand of session musicians. The line-up consists of:

Jack L. Stroem – vocals, guitar, synth
Bass: Kammo Olayvar, Henrik Ulvsgärd, Charles Normal , Jarred Venti
Drums: Jason Carter, Max Ulvsgärd, Dennis Nybratt
Hammond Organ: Svenne Jansson
Backing Vocals: August Svärdström, Vide Bjerde

Produced by Jack L. Stroem and Charles Normal

Music and words by Jack L. Stroem

Aiming for a human performance the album has no autotune or melodyne effect’s on any vocals.
With a release party booked at Hard Rock Café, frontpage news and high reviews the hype for the record can’t get much higher.



LICHTGESTALT veröffentlichen neues Video zu „So kalt dein Lächeln“; neues Album „Tempus Fugit“ erscheint am 26.05.2017!

Die PR für das neue LICHTGESTALT-Album „Tempus Fugit“ (EVT: 26.05. über Pride & Joy Music/Edel)  befindet sich in vollem Gange. Gestern veröffentlichte die NDH-/Metal-Band aus NRW ihren Videoclip zum Song „So kalt dein Lächeln“, welchen ihr bei Youtube unter folgendem Link finden könnt:

Wir nehmen gerne weitere Bemusterungsanfragen und Interviewwünsche für die Band entgegen und möchten noch einmal auf das Release-Konzert mit Schattenmann & Schlagwetter am 24.06.2017 in Münster im Sputnik hinweisen!



Als LICHTGESTALT sich Ende 2013 gründeten, verdeutlichte sich schnell, dass der Vierer aus dem Ruhrgebiet/Münsterland  in der Szene unaufhaltsam durchstarten wird. Nach nur einigen Monaten gemeinsamen Probens stand bereits das beeindruckende Songmaterial für die Debüt-EP „Lichtgestalt“, welche die Band schon im Jahr 2014 in Eigenregie erfolgreich veröffentlichte und zugleich in die MRC30 Clubcharts hievte.


Das folgende Album „Motorenherz“ erschien im April 2015 bei Danse Macabre und wurde von der Fachpresse allseits gefeiert und geadelt; so schrieb  u.a., „dass (der Song „Tiefenrausch“) grandios zu Gehör stellt, warum diese Band und keine andere ein Anrecht auf die Krone der deutschen harten Musik hat…“, während das Magazin Orkus dem Vierer gar bescheinigt, gleich einen neuen Stil erfunden zu haben: „…Theatralisch, abgefahren, anders….Lichtgestalt kreieren mit ihrem Debütalbum direkt ein neues Genre: den „Neuen Harten Steam“….


Dass der harmonische Vierer um den charismatischen Frontmann Thomas C. Hertz ebenso in der Lage ist, die Energie aus dem Studio auf die Bühnen zu transportieren, stellt die Band seit Mai 2015 eindrucksvoll und regelmäßig auch live unter Beweis. Mit niemand geringerem als der NDH-Ikone Stahlmann absolvierten LICHTGESTALT 2015 gleich zwei erfolgreiche Tourneen.

Im Anschluss an die Konzerte begann Gitarrist und Songwriter Der Heizzer gemeinsam mit Sänger und Texter Thomas C. Hertz mit dem Songwriting für das Zweitwerk „Temous Fugit“, das Ende Mai 2017 nach einem Wechsel der Plattenfirma bei Pride & Joy Music im Vertrieb von Edel erscheinen wird. In der Zwischenzeit gastierte die Formation, die weiterhin von Lippmann am Bass und Brukke am Schlagzeug vorangetrieben wird, 2016 u.a. beim Gothic Castle Festival auf Burg Satzvey und absolvierte diverse Club-Gigs, bevor dann zum Album-VÖ die Liveaktivitäten noch weiter ausgebaut wurden, u.a. in Form einer 14-tätigen Europatour im Februar 2017 gemeinsam mit den Metallern Almanac und Gloryful.

Die nächsten Live-Termine:

27.05.2017 Gothic Meets Rock Festival, Gut Haarbecke, Kierspe

24.06.2017 Münster, Sputnik (Lichtgestalt, Schattenmann & Schlagwetter – Record Release Party)

18.11.2017 Euskirchen, Altes Casino (Escalate Festival)




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Pride & Joy Music sign Voodoma; new album available in Autumn 2017!

We’re happy to announce the singing of German Gothic/ Dark Metal band VOODOMA!


Based in Düsseldorf, Germany the group since 2002 has released six albums and three EP’s and played more than 150 live shows and several big festivals including Wacken Open Air, Ragnaröck, Castle Rock plus many more!

Voodoma are currently working on their new full-length album release which will be available in Autumn 2017 on Pride & Joy Music!

Listen to the band on Spotify: spotify:artist:3Ovn0fSBtUfaYoi8WqRARG

Tour dates:
13.05. CH-Zürich, Dynamo Werk 21
27.05. D-Kierspe, Gut Haarbecke – Gothic Meets Rock Festival
23.06. NL-Eygelshoven, Rockheaven – Dark Rock Festival
30.06. D-Münster, Das Schloss Rockt 2017
04.08. D-Dormagen, Freilichtbühne – Rock N Roll Slam Festival (mit Heldmaschine, Unzucht, End of Green, Jaded Heart, The Other, Kissin‘ Dynamite u.v.m.)
30.09. D-Essen, Ground Zero
09.12. D-Neuss, Hamtorkrug, Schwarze Nacht

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PR start for STARSICK SYSTEM; lyric video for “Bulletproof” available!

STARSICK SYSTEM is a new sensation in modern hard rock featuring vocalist and guitarist Marco Sandron (Pathosray, Eden’s Curse, Fairyland, etc), bassist Valeria Battain and lead guitarist David Donati (both known in Syrayde) plus producer, songwriter and drummer Ivan Moni Bidin (Pathosray, Ashent, Garden Wall, Syrayde, etc) in the line-up.


Today, the lyric video for the first instant grat/ single “Bulletproof” will be released. Check out the video on youtube at this link:

Bassist Valeria Battain comments on the track: “Bulletproof is song of “rebellion“ but with an ironic tone. It will take on a personal meaning to everyone who hears it, but the message is the same: stand up for what you believe in, no matter what other people say, face your enemies, be proud of you and take back yourself respect against bullies, self-centered and arrogant ones. We chose this song as first single cause the mood and the melodies are the perfect evolution of our original sound. It’s a perfect match of heavy riffing and catchy refrains that is what distinguishes us mostly!”

The album “Lies, Hope & Other Stories” will hit the shelves on June 23rd, 2017 via Pride & Joy Music. Next to 10 original songs, the record also features an outstanding cover of the Chris Cornell song “You Know My Name” (James Bond 007 – Casino Royale soundtrack).

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

Track list: 1. Nebolus, 2. I Am The Hurricane, 3. Bulletproof, 4. Sinner, 5. The Promise, 6. Scars, 7. Everything And More, 8. Come One, Come All, 9. Perfect Lie, 10. Hope, 11. You Know My Name (Chris Cornell 007 soundtrack cover)

Pre-order the album here:

Produced, recorded, mixed & mastered by Ivan Moni Bidin @ Artesonika Studio (Pordenone – Italy)

All music by Ivan Moni Bidin, all lyrics by Valeria Battain, arrangements by Valeria Battain and Starsick System

Artwork by Dixon Jong @ Intuitive Design

Photo by Max Valerio Photographer



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The PR for this release will start on May 2nd, 2017. Please send us your requests!


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The melodic metal band PYRAMAZE just released a music video for the track „A World Divided“ from their highly anticipated new album „Contingent“. The album will be released on April 28th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

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With their milestone fifth album „Contingent,“ Pyramaze have grown and matured into a band that is capable of satisfying their fans while simultaneously continuing to break new ground. The incorporation of modern cinematic film score elements mixed with progressive metal riffs and melodies will leave the listener breathless! Huge, sweeping, hard-hitting, and poignant, „Contingent“ is an epic post-apocalyptic conceptual piece inspired by current events, the human spirit to overcome struggle and diversity, and the brotherhood that lies there in. Produced, mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen [Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica, Evergrey].

„Divided by oceans, bound together by brotherhood, we must become that which divides us…. we are PYRAMAZE, and we are the Ocean!“

Pyramaze line-up

Terje Harøy – Vocals

Jacob Hansen – Guitars, Bass

Jonah W. – Keyboards

Toke Skjønnemand – Guitars

Morten Gade Sørensen – Drums


Link to the lyric video for „Kingdom of Solace“ at YouTube:

Link to the lyric video for „20 Second Century“ at YouTube:

Link to the album teaser for „Contingent“ at YouTube:


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ESCAPE OPEN AIR – 08.09. + 09.09.2017 – das neue Rock-Festival in Mitteldeutschland!

Hardrock der 70er Jahre trifft auf melodischen Bombast der 80er Jahr – das Escape Open Air stellt sich vor:

08. & 09.09.2017 Dessau (bei Leipzig), Wasserburg Roßlau

Präsentiert von: Rockland Radio, Break Out & Hardline

Auf einer der schönsten Open-Air-Bühnen Deutschlands, der festivalerprobten Wasserburg Roßlau bei Dessau in Sachsen-Anhalt, kommen am 08. + 09. September 2017 an zwei Tagen 15 internationale Größen und spannende Newcomer aus den Bereichen des Classic Rock und Melodic Rock zur Premiere eines neuen Festivals zusammen, das die Fans begeistern wird!

Vom preiswerten Ticket mit Campingmöglichkeiten am Festivalgelände für Kurzentschlossene über Tagestickets bis zu attraktiven VIP-Packages mit Hotel und vielen Extras haben die Veranstalter vor allem eines im Blick: Gäste und Bands sollen sich wohl fühlen und eine entspannte Zeit mit vielen Freunden guter Rockmusik verbringen.

Ein Festival wie das Escape Open Air hat es in Mitteldeutschland noch nicht gegeben! Neben Headlinern wie ex-RAINBOW-/DEEP PURPLE-Frontmann JOE LYNN TURNER (USA), MARTIN TURNER (ex WISHBONE ASH, GB), geben sich die englischen Melodic Rock-Legenden FM (GB) und PRAYING MANTIS (GB) die Ehre! Ein wird ein weiterer Hochkaräter in Kürze bekannt geben.

Des Weiteren treten auf:

Violet Janine (SWE), Palace (SWE), F***ing Fury’s (Swedish Allstars Tribute für Yngwie Malmsteen mit Mitgliedern von Eclipse, Jaded Heart, Evergrey & Degreed), Bigfoot (GB), rebelHot (I), Jorge Salan’s Majestic Jaywalkers (ESP) sowie als lokale Newcomer inUtero (aus Halle – GER) und Bonesetter (aus Leipzig – GER).




Ticketpreise zwischen 44,00 Euro und 71,50 Euro über Tix For Gigs und die Festival-Homepage; limitierte VIP-Weekend Tickets und VIP-Weekend-Hotel-Tickets nur über

Wir betreuen die Pressearbeit für diese Veranstaltung und nehmen Anfragen jeglicher Art gerne entgegen!


AOR HEAVEN sign Swedish Melodic Rock band STORMBURST, debut album to be released on May 26th, 2017!

AOR Heaven are happy to announce the signing of Swedish Melodic Rock band STORMBURST! The band consisting of bass player Kent Jansson (Six Feet Under, Keen Hue, Steam), guitarist Thomas Hansson (Steam, Coastline), singer Lars-Åke ”Plåtis” Nilsson (Keen Hue),  keyboardist Peter Östling (Six Feet Under) and drummer Peter ”Zeke” Ytterberg (Keen Hue, Moonshine Highway) will release their debut album “Raised On Rock” on May 26th, 2017.

The PR for this release will start tomorrow via Haulix!

Product: Stormburst – Raised On Rock

Release date: May 26th, 2017

Label: AOR Heaven


The band STORMBURST was formed in July 2014.  The original intention just was to make high quality music, have fun, and do what you believe in and without any musical compromises. No more covers, just self-composed material.


Bass player Kent Jansson (Six Feet Under, Keen Hue, Steam) and  guitarist Thomas Hansson (Steam, Coastline) started with singer Lars-Åke ”Plåtis” Nilsson (Keen Hue). To get the special sound that they wanted, they sent the keyboardist Peter Östling (Six Feet Under) a demo, who believed completely into the idea and joined immediately. Later on they recruited the hard hitting drummer Peter ”Zeke” Ytterberg (Keen Hue, Moonshine Highway) to complete the line-up.

The band’s name STORMBURST has the intention of uncompromisingly doing what you believe in even if you have a headwind. Even if the wind blows hard in life sometimes, is the love of music in all conditions strong and sustainable. STORMBURST is the ability to reflect it with music and lyrics. Their style can be described as Melodic Hard Rock & AOR.

The band is based in the heartland of Sweden, Dalarna, all the songs were written by Kent, Thomas and Lars-Åke. The composing and demo recordings of all tracks were done in the home studio of Lars-Åke in Vansbro to subsequently present them to the rest of the band.

The result, the debut album “Raised To Rock”, was mainly recorded, mixed and mastered at Studio Bakery, Äppelbo by Jonas Tornemalm between January and February 2017. The recordings of strings were made at the Royal College of Music (KMH) in Stockholm during the same period of time.

„Raised On Rock“ is a tribute to all musical heroes the members in the STORMBURST grew up with.

Sound clips in advance:

STORMBURST – Say You Will (Edit)

STORMBURST – Show Me The Way (Edit)

STORMBURST – Under The Gun (Edit)

The band on the web:



THE RADIO SUN sign to PRIDE & JOY MUSIC; new album to be released in October 2017!

PRIDE & MUSIC is happy to announce the signing of Australian Melodic Rock band THE RADIO SUN! Based in Melbourne, Australia the band consisting of Jason Old (lead vocals & guitars), Stevie Janevski (lead guitar, bass, backing vocals; Black Majesty) and Gilbert Annese (drums) is currently working on their fourth release “Unstoppable” which is planned for a release in late October 2017. This new album once again will be mixed by Paul Laine (solo, Danger Danger, Dark Horse).

The band has just completed another European tour which included an astonishing performance at Hard Rock Hell AOR Fest and very successful shows in the UK and a gig in Greece. THE RADIO SUN will return to Europe with dates in the UK, Greece & Germany at least in March 2018.

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