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Sky Empire sign with RC!

sky empire - the dark towerWhile I imagine that most of you will be either in the water, or sticking their head in the fridge, things keep cooking here at RC-HQ. So it gives me a great pleasure to announce that the mighty Sky Empire have signed with us for a worldwide release of their stunning album The Dark Tower.

If you follow their facebook page, you might have noticed our logo on the back of their recently posted message about the CD!
Final release date is yet to be confirmed, but we hope it will be before October! For fans of bands like Symphony X or Dream Theater, this is an album you will not want to miss!
Stay tuned for more details. Or start with reading this review to understand our excitement.
 
Keep cool, Peter
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And more great reviews for our releases!

chinawhite - differentfred mika - withdrawal symptomssouls of deaf - fortune favors the boldSunrise Auranaut - Insertermarenna - livin no regretscryptic nature - pandorstill living - ymmijtragik - taintedAgain a bunch of reviews have reached our desk. Well, computer actually. For your convenience here a quick overview and the links on where to find them:

Rockportaal wrote an awesome piece about the latest Chinawhite album Different. Find the original here, and an English translation on the Chinawhite site.

Viri AOR wrote about Fred Mika and Chinawhite. These are in Spanish! The Fred Mika review describes it as solid, yet maybe a little irregular because of the style changes throughout the album. Since there are also only 5 star reviews from readers so far, I think it is received well! Chinawhite get a glowing recommended, and you can read a translation here.

Next is Strutter, Gabor has written no less than 8 short reviews on this page. Here his points for them:
Marenna 7.2, Cryptic Nature 7.6, Sunrise Auranaut 8.1, Still Living 7.5, Tragik 8.3, Chinawhite 8.3, Souls Of Deaf 8.1, and Fred Mika 8.4!

Then we arrive at Musikreview.de. They write about Chinawhite (9/15), Souls Of Deaf (7/15) and Fred Mika (10/15). Just shows that tastes differ…

And to conclude for now, we have Crossfire write about Marenna, leaving them a bit confused 😉

Thanks to the writers, enjoy reading!

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Another Fan Review

fred mika and forest field fan review

it is of course always nice to get a good review from various sites and magazines. But hearing back from a fan who actually buys the albums is frickin’ awesome! So thank you Jorge Luiz Rodrigues for support and the time to write this (translated via Google, original post is in Portuguese):
Track of the week
Hello friends! Good night and a great week.
“Simplicity is the ultimate achievement. After having touched a number of notes and notes, it is the simplicity that emerges as the crowned reward of art.” Fréderic Chopin
 
Fred Mika – Withdrawal Symptoms – For almost three months I’ve been with this album and I can not hear it, and I have not found words to describe the emotion that each one of their songs conveys. Being the first solo work of the Goian drummer Fred Mika (Sunroad), his professionalism is remarkable here, as well as his commitment to present a polished and captivating work where classic hard rock, sometimes with a few AORs as in Wired In (remembers a lot the softest phase of Whitesnake), here with the vocals in charge of Carl Dixon (Coney Hatch, April Wine, Guess Who). Just for this beginning I already feel that my hard earned dollars were not spent in vain. Then we see a range of guest vocalists from the most diverse countries, including Brazilians Rod Marenna, Daniel Vargas, Tito Falashi, Mario Pastore and André Adonis. Describing each song becomes unnecessary, since the 10 songs (taking the short introduction) bring all that eighties feeling, that is, songs that convey emotion, euphoria and even that pleasant nostalgic feeling. Each song is unique, engaging and striking showing a solid work of seductive sound beauty to those who enjoy good music. He could not close with Miss Misery (Nazareth) with the vocals of bandmate André Adonis.
 
Forest Field – Angels – Peter Cox’s request not to take this album too seriously, should be regarded as a moment of good humor, as well as the cover of the album. The opening track, Broken Wings, totally instrumental, even with a modern footprint reminds us of good progressive rock. Angels, the second track, is that infectious hard rock with AOR pitches, great guitar solos, accurate drumming, which takes us to the good times of Journey, Peter Frampton, Kansas, Asia, Europe and other sacred 80s monsters. Left At Cloud Nine is yet another beautiful short instrumental that will take us to It Looks Like Rain, a softer song with a captivating keyboard in the background, and again the well-placed and seductive guitars become an invitation to an ecstatic journey. Needless to describe each song here, since all 11 songs are fascinating charm, showing that Peter was in ambitious moments of inspiration. An infectious album from beginning to end indicated not only those who like a softer rock, but to all who seek good music. It is important to emphasize the love of Peter for the style, since besides musician, he owns the record company Rock Company, that even comes launching some Brazilian bands in Europe, like Fred Mika, Still Living and Marenna. Thank you for the good songs and for the support of the Brazilian musicians, Peter.
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Have we got reviews for you!

chinawhite - differentfred mika - withdrawal symptomsmarenna - livin no regretssouls of deaf - fortune favors the boldSunrise-Auranaut-The-Ocean-Of-Unspoken-Words

 

 

 

 

 

Been rather busy with lots of things lately, and in the meantime quite a few reviews have seen the light a day. So here a wrap up for you:

Lords of Metal talk about:

  1. Chinawhite – Different and give it 80 points!
  2. sadly only 58 points for Fred Mika’s Withdrawal Symptoms
  3. Marenna’s Livin’ No Regrets does better with 64 points
  4. and last but not least; Souls of Deaf album Fortune Favors The Bold got 73 points

Thanks to all the writers.

On DMME a rather nice review of the previous Sunrise Auranaut album The Ocean Of Unspoken Words has been published. Thank you Dmitry!

On to UK site Uber Rock now:

  1. even when Mark Ashby did not seem to understand the idea behind Different from Chinawhite, he still liked many things on offer
  2. so it’s a good thing Marenna’s Livin’No Regrets got a better reception, thanks Mark

In Italy site Metalhead gave Marenna an 8/10 for Livin’ No Regrets. Nice one, thanks!

And to close for now, how about a 80% for Fred Mika’s Withdrawal Symptoms on AngelicWarlord? Much better, thanks!

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Pre Order the Burning new D’Ercole album!

D'Ercole - Made To Burnthe new Made To Burn album from D’Ercole is available for pre order now. Find the CD for a limited time at a reduced price in our webshop.
And if you prefer digital, get it from iTunes with an instant download of the song Tragedy in Motion and the full album when it releases on July 18!

Wanna get a glimpse of what to expect? check out the EPK:

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D’Ercole are Made to Burn and Out Of Time

D'Ercole - Made To BurnFrom the mind of Phil Vincent comes the next chapter in the book of melodic hard rock. D’Ercole soon unveil their 5th opus titled “Made to Burn”. This release sees Vincent (Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards), Damian D’Ercole (Guitars), and B.F. D’Ercole (Drums) continue their assault on the senses with 12 songs built to satisfy even the most discerning hard rock fan. Also included are the last recorded performances of renowned guitarist David Zychek on “Get Undone”, “Tragedy in Motion”, and “Feel the Burn”. Paul Sabu and Vince O’Regan also lend their immense talents, playing lead guitar on various rockers.

The album will be released on July 18, with a pre order running from June 20. Both here and on iTunes.

But as we all know Phil is the hardest working man in the business, so he put a song online for you to taste. So please go check the beautiful “Out Of Time”:

 

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a “Different” EPK for Chinawhite

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Reviews keep coming!

cellar dwellers - junkyard chronicles part 1German Crossfire Metal Webzine wrote about the first 2 EP’s from the Cellar Dwellers! And they liked it. Read the German version here.

With the next translation by Google:
 
Granted, the Netherlands has been musically a blank spot on my musical map. This is now changing with Cellar Dwellers: The band has released “The Junkyard Chronicles Pt. 1 + 2” the first part of their planned releases, which should include a total of four EPs. The band is dedicated to the various influences of rock and produces a diverse sound. Driving, punchy classic rock with a pinch of punk is just as present as bluesy and dark songs in the style of the early Black Sabbath. Of course there are no guitar solos as well as recurring, polyphonic and ecstatic vocal passages, which are a nice change to the vocals, which are otherwise very pleasantly rough. In music like “Ramones”, there is also something in it musically, the style of the punk legend has been successfully adapted without being compellingly contrived. For Oldschool Rock the songs are extremely powerful, the quality of the tracks is a big plus. All in all, it should be noted that fans of the old rock sounds should stop by here, it is worthwhile in any case. If you like Black Sabbath as much as the already mentioned Ramones, you will definitely be in good hands here.
 
Thank you / Danke Clemens!
marenna - livin no regrets
For Marenna also 2 new reviews can be found. First one is from UK’s Frenzy Fire. They say the album will keep you smiling and singing from start to finish. Thanks Mathew.
The next one is in Portuguese (I think), and you can find that one here. Well the overall score is 91% so I do not think I need to add more… Thank you Marcos.
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German Magazine Empire have written a nice review of the Pandor album.
You can read some quotes on the Cryptic Nature website, as well as find the whole article (in German).
Thank you Martin.
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And also a nice one for Earthshine, in Empire edition 125. Martin writes:
Peter Cox, the Chinawhite guitarist, continues his journey into instrumental electronic music with Abstract Patterns. The Dutchman describes the music as ambient, new age, film music and lounge, and that hits the spot. The often very melodic themes and sounds invite you to dream. The guitars that are added here and there create a welcom variation. For the quieter moments in life.
Thanks Martin!
Find all the music online, or the CD’s in our webshop or your favourite retailer.
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Chinawhite pre order open!

chinawhite - different*** breaking news ***

the coming Chinawhite​ album #Different is available for pre order now! Get it for a reduced price here only!

Check the #video to know why you do not want to miss this hard rock sensation:

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D’Ercole are Made To Burn!

D'Ercole - Made To BurnRock Company are pleased to announce they will expand their relation with Phil Vincent for the release of album #5 for D’Ercole called MADE TO BURN! Accompanying Phil are Damian and B.F. D’Ercole. And together with guests Paul Sabu and Vince O’Regan and the last recordings of the late and great David Zycheck, they will attack your senses with killer melodic hard rock.
Expect the release in July, so watch this space!