Album number 9 from this hard rock outfit solidifies their place in the melodic rock community with heavy opener “Trial By Fire” paving the way for the melodic onslaught that’s about to come. Epic track Synergy (Parts I & II) shows the light and dark to great effect. “Fighting to Survive” crunches its way into metal territory and closing opus “The Broken Heart” mixes prog, melodic rock, and metal to sheer delight. D’Ercole “Mass Formation” is the real deal.
Yes, the first new music from Render Me Useless has hit the streets!
Render Me Useless is a New Jersey alternative rock band, formed by twin brothers Travis and Justin Turk. Their music can be compared to the sounds of Senses Fail, Paramore and other emotional pop punk artists that had emerged in the late 2000’s. With melodic guitar riffs, catchy hooks and sonic bass booms, your guaranteed to be blown away by these original tunes.
Their debut album “Love for Lust” sparked an interest in the local teenage music scene back in 2006. After selling out numerous shows, RMU was nominated as the number one headlining act at the Galaxy Café music venue in Summerville NJ before the venue shut down in 2008.
The band saw their first rise to fame after winning a local contest landing them a headlining slot on the mainstage of the National Rock Summit Music Festival in Pensacola FL. From there they went on to win several battles of the band competitions for Gorilla Productions at the Crossroads in Garwood NJ.
RMU released a new EP “Driving in Fast Forward” in 2009 and continued to headline venues across NJ, PA and NY before taking a break from the scene in 2011. After a long struggle to maintain band members, Travis and Justin decided to quit touring.
The band wrote and recorded several songs since then. Songs that have not yet made it into the digital market. Well, the band is back and happy to announce that new music will be coming your way soon!
Find this digital only release at Bandcamp (includes album art if you want to burn a copy), iTunes, Spotify, or your favourite platform.
Face The Music, the new thrilling new rock album from Mike Walsh with Five to Life and many of his friends and other massive talents is out now! It is available on CD, with a full colour booklet with the lyrics here, or here, or ask your favourite shop.
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.
Since 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!
Continuing 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 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:
also from the UK, Fireworks:
also a review from the German Rock Hard:
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…
On 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.
On 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!
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!!!
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.