New CD by Mike Walsh

Mike Walsh & Five to Life is the creation of Mike Walsh. Best known for his work with his melodic rock band, Departure (as well as Message and many Tribute albums), Walsh says he has taken a different approach to his music on this record, a more earthy, natural sound. Walsh calls it a labor of love.

The songs embody thoughts, feelings, emotions, and relationships; “Face the Music” will stir your heart and capture your imagination. Walsh, reuniting with brilliant musicians, says the new record delivers a message of fine songwriting and exemplary musicianship.

In Short “Face the Music” is destined to become a part of any music lover’s collection.

The album releases 8 February 2023 and is available for order.

2022 SALE!

rockcompany saleSince it is the time of the year when everybody has a sale , I figured we do that too. Any order of 3 or more CD’s will see a 15% discount applied to the invoice. No code necessary.

And on top of that, we already discounted lots of albums! So perfect chance to stock up on our past releases… But hurry, offer ends December 24. You can check both our websites for this, rockcompany.nl and rockcompanyrecords.com. The latter stocks more titles!
Take a look, and thank you for your support!

What the press say: Chinawhite – Evolution (?)

chinawhite - evolutionContinuing on my quest to catch up on a lot of things for the label, how about some quotes for the latest album by Chinawhite? No objection you say? Fine, here we go!

  • Stutter’s Gabor had lots of nice things to say: 8.3 / 10. Read what he writes here
  • French site Metal Integral hand out a 16/20 and say “musicians and a singer of very good level who will save you the sometimes disappointments linked to groups of young people who are just starting out”
  • Fabulous wordsmith Dmitry from Canada writes on his DMME site “Philosophical treatise on existential crisis from international think-tank who thrive on melody”and 4 / 5 stars
  • Dutch site White Room Reviews is pleased: “Anyone who likes hard rock that is easy to pick up, is well served with this foursome”
  • Spanish writes Viri AOR recommends the album and says “Hard rock with progressive influences. A very solid and interesting release!
  • a 7 / 10 from German site Crossfire Metal
  • a 3.7 / 5 from Rock Hard Slovakia “Most of the eleven songs sound like melodic hard rock with a pinch of progressive elements, with well-crafted, harmonious vocals and catchy choruses. There is an interesting rhythm section, sharp guitar riffs and quite impressive solos. The bass guitar is also an ornament of the recording”
  • a whopping 4/5 stars from Jon Neudorf at Sea Of Tranquility (USA) who confesses “This is the first time I have heard the band and what a revelation it has been. Evolution is an excellent hard rock/metal disc. The lead vocals are stellar, the riffs catchy, and the rhythm section drives it all home in dramatic and powerful fashion”
  • a mindblowing 9/10 comes from UK’s Powerplay magazine: chinawhite powerplay review
  • also from the UK, Fireworks: fireworks review chinawhite
  • also a review from the German Rock Hard: rock hard review chinawhite
  • and last but not least: there has also been an extensive interview with the band and PowerPlay writer Nicky Baldrian. This is a big file (8MB) so be patient…

 

What the Press say: Tragik – Ultima Ratio

tragik - ultima ratioOn the brink of the release of the new Tragik Album, high time we let you in on the comments from the press about current Tragik release Ultima Ratio:

  • Get Ready To Rock hand out 3.5 / 5 stars and say: “Tragik is the most melodic rock sounding and certainly where I’d recommend a new listener to Phil Vincent’s extensive catalogue of music to start. In fact this album is as good as any place to start and existing fans of his work & Tragik will find much to enjoy on ‘Utlima Ratio’ “
  • Dutch site Rock Portaal write: “Just nice unadulterated and above all pure rock”
  • From Canada DMME writer Dmitry writes “Drawing the line through this divided world, hard rock veterans deliver a blow to boredom” resulting in 4/5 stars!
  • Basbayannis from Greece: “For all of you who like their rock, catchy, modern and a bit sugar coated at some points, TRAGIK have the package” 7/0
  • Dutch site White Room Reviews: “the diversity in the songs and the excellent guitar work ensure that the enthusiast can enjoy this extensively”
  • from the USA writer Jon Neudorf writes on the Sea Of Tranquility website: “Ultima Ratio is an excellent slice of catchy hard rock that is positively addictive. Highly recommended”
  • UK’s own Woody’s Rock Reviews say: “Another strong and enjoyable album from Phil Vincent which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and its with a big smile I add Tragik’s ‘Ultima Ratio’ to my ever-expanding Phil Vincent collection!” and note a 8/10
  • and somewhere on this Strutter page you can read Gabor’s thoughts about the album, a 8.2 / 10 points “the result is always crystal clear quality melodic rock”

Find the album here or here, ask your favourite cd seller and it is also available on all digital platforms.

 

Sunrise Auranaut are on a mission

front cover sacred missionOn December 7, 2022 we will release Sacred Mission, the new album from Sunrise Auranaut.

Sunrise Auranaut is a studio project, led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Vitaly Kiselev who creates music inspired mainly by the classical school of 70s Prog. So far Kiselev has released 7 albums, Childhood’s End? (2013), Way Of The King (2013), The First Cosmic (2015), The Ocean Of Unspoken Words (2017), Inserter (2018), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (2020) and New Breath Of The First Cosmic (2021).

This 8th album (and the fourth for our label) is inspired by Science Fiction and Fantasy books and films. As always, Sunrise Auranaut keep raising the bar on all levels!

New Tragik album Cry For Love!

Release: November 23, 2022. Pre Order now Open!

ROCK COMPANY RECORDS is proud to announce the continuation of its relation with Tragik, with release of the new album “Cry for Love”.

This is the 11th opus from Phil Vincent, Dirk Phillips, and Damian D’Ercole with Vince O’Regan proving guitar histrionics throughout. “Cry  for Love” solidifies TRAGIK as a force to be reckoned with inside the melodic hard rock community.
From “Thrill of it All” to “Chasing Heaven” to “And Now We Know” to the closing title track, the onslaught never wanes. Check out the rocked up version of Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” for more proof.

Mastered by Jacob Hansen, this album needs to be played LOUD!!!

Pre-order digital on bandcamp:

CD here or here

What the Press say: Phil Vincent – Stigmata

phil vincent - stigmataWith another album (No Respect) just released, this seems a little late to the party. Still I think it’s worthwhile to inform you about the things the press had to say about this one:

  • Rockportaal writes: “filled with classic rock songs”
  • a 7 / 10 from Italian Heavy Metal Webzine
  • 8.5 / 10 from German site Crossfire  “well made Eighties Arena Rock. Onwards!”
  • another 8 comes from Basbayiannis “Phil Vincent along with O’Regan delivers an album that should be on the list of the top melodic albums for 2021, but as we all know life is not fair, at least he is persistent and productive and we support his artistic dream”
  • no less than 18/20 comes from French site Metal Integral “The result is this inspired, varied album which is surely my favorite since the first CRANSTON in 2016. I invite you to discover this talented musician through this superb Stigmata”
  • The Rocker says “this is up there with his best recordings”
  • Swiss Metal Factory hand out 7.6 / 10 and think it is a fun listen
  • UK’s The Mayfair Mallzine urge you to buy it: “And there you have it folks, another cracking solo album from Rock worlds hardest worker, Phil Vincent, and one that you definitely need to check out … so go on then, don’t just sit there reading this, it’s called ‘STIGMATA’!!!”

Album available on al digital platforms as well as on CD. For instance here.

What the Press Say: D’Ercole, Age of Aqarius, Earthshine

D'Ercole - Hard Core front age of aquarius - out there earthshine - bridge to infinity front

In this summary you will find reviews for D’Ercole’s Hard Core album, and some more words on Age Of Aquarius’ Out There as well as Earthshine’s Bridge to Infinity album.

  • 81/100 for D’Ercole on Zware Metalen (Heavy Metal) with compliments on vocals, sound, songs and the experienced musicians
  • 17/20 for D’Ercole on Metal Integral “hard rock the way we like it”
  • White Room Reviews compliments D’Ercole for showcasing the width of the rock genre
  • 8.5 / 10 from Crossfire for D’Ercole “strong vocals and catchy tunes”
  • a recommended for a strong album from D’Ercole comes from Rockportaal
  • many compliments for Age Of Aquarius from White Room Reviews “a nice approach to progressive rock in which the balance is well guarded on many fronts. Those who set up and work out all of this themselves, deserve the compliments”.
  • Heavy Metal Webzine took time to discuss the instrumental electronic music of Earthshine. The editor gives it a 6.5, where as readers appoint no less that 7.5 points to the album!
  • The Dutch Progressive Rock Pages also wrote about the Earthshine album. Find that here.

What the Press say: Trigger Mafia

trigger mafia - the brotherhoodSince this album is a year out now, it is high time we let you know about the many amazing reviews this album has been receiving. Just in case you missed it. And, well, because we’re obviously very proud of the album!

So here we go:

  • Interview with The Permanent Rain Press. Founding member Shawn Meehan talks about the band’s origins, their new record and the themes listeners can expect to hear.
  • Sinusoidalmusic.com writes: “The Brotherhood is a tightly packed album with great rock revival hits that sound like the late 90’s and early 00’s. The songs have all the energy you would have before an event (pre-pandemic) and the will to have the time of your life”
  • And Brazilian site Roadie Music says it all with “TRIGGER MAFIA REVIVES CLASSIC HARD ROCK ON “THE BROTHERHOOD””
  • French site Metal Integral hand out a whopping 17/20 stars
  • Given to Rock say: “I definitely recommend listening to The brotherhood by Trigger Mafia, a very enjoyable classic rock album amazingly played and recorded, with great vocals and with the right attitude you want to hear in a record like this but also with a very personal touch by the band. Well done, guys.”
  • More high praise comes from Dmitry at DMME: ” “The Brotherhood” is a fantastic ride – or, rather, the start thereof”, handing out an amazing 4 4/5 out of 5!
  • On to Roxx 2 Metal. A short overview and a couple of video’s to check the album with.
  • Another 8/10 from  Gabor at My Global Mind. “Without a doubt, a must-hear band to check out if you want to hear high class original Melodic Hardrock!”
  • Dutch site White Room Reviews speaks of a “more than fine debut”
  • Another Highly Recommended from Dutch site Rockportaal
  • Strutter are quite overwhelmed by the superb debut album and hand out a 8.8 / 10!
  • and the last one for now is a 7.5 coming from Basbayiannis Music and Book Tales

So there you go, lots of praise and fans of bands like Triumph, Rush, Van Halen, etc, should check it out. The album is available in digital formats and on CD. For instance here.

New Earthshine album

front earthshine 9 golden gateComing November 2, will see the release of Golden Gate Of The Ecliptic, the 9th title from Earthshine!

“The Golden Gate of the Ecliptic is an asterism in the constellation Taurus that has been known for several thousand years. The constellation is built by the two eye-catching open star clusters of the Pleiades and the Hyades that form the two posts of a virtual gate at the two sides of the ecliptic line. Since the Pleiades are also known as the seven sisters, their respective names provided the trigger to write the 9 songs of this album. It also makes up for a somewhat logical follow up to previous album Bridge To Infinity.

Sweet Dreams…”

Pre-order is open on bandcamp now!

You can get into the album with this first video, for the track Maia:

 

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