The phrase ‘Ivory Tower’ has long been a metaphor for a place of refuge from the rest of the world. For singer/songwriter Mark Regula of the critically acclaimed modern vintage rock band: Ivory Tower Project, this figurative ideal resonates deeply. The New York City-based band has functioned as a safe haven for its members to process and, ultimately, triumph over trying times.
“For me, the name Ivory Tower always conveyed a feeling of escapism,” reveals singer, songwriter, co-founder and multi instrumentalist: Mark Regula. “The music has been where my heart and mind can live
when everything around me goes wrong. It’s been my savior.”
Ivory Tower Project specializes in the majestic power rock of the 1970s and early 1980s. The songs burst with stirring vocal melodies, soaring vocal harmonies, polished musicianship, heartfelt lyrics, and imaginative arrangements. The band is part of a new breed of classic rock purists preserving the traditions set forth by masters such as 1970s Styx, Queen, Foreigner and Boston. ITP has garnered praise from a variety of sources, including: The Entertainment Bank, The Ripple Effect, Mossip, Quirky NY Chick, and Boom Boom Chick, among others. The group’s debut: 2008’s ‘Red Hot’ (Guerilla Records), has received rave reviews and airplay on over 600 radio stations in 32 countries. As a result, tracks from that CD earned them nominations in a few categories in both the 2015 and 2016 Nashville Universe Awards.
And now both the 2008 debut Red Hot as well as latest offering How Much More? will soon be added to our webshop and to our European Distribution network.
Already curious to the sound of the band? Why not check out Burning! A full length remix is included on How Much More?:
The wonderful DMME site has published another review, this time of the Sixtynine album. You can read it on his website, or just continue. Thanks once again to Dmitry!
SIXTYNINE – You Are Me
Rock Company 2016
Making their international debut, this quartet may careen to occasional heaviness, but the band’s instincts are in the right place when progressive elements seep into their heady mix of genres. It’s hard not to attract the listener’s attention when your debut is kicked off with a ballad, as the uplift of “Don’t Give Up” builds a tension to defer a fine rifferama which will keep the momentum till the finale. There’s a lot of AOR hooks on offer, although cliches on vibrant tracks like “Morning” are handled with grace, and “Sunlight Hour” has lyricism married to attack and orchestral drama to deliciously rough edge.
As for rock ‘n’ roll, frivolity rears its head on the unhurried “Lazy Crazy Thing” and “Good Trade” whose licks whisk the handclaps-abetted beats to a dancefloor, while the synthesizers give “Come To Me” a layer of cosmic, rather than romantic, consciousness. Breaking the overall retro mold, the title cut introduces a contemporary buzz to the mix, yet “Still Dreaming” signs off with a slow gratitude in the most traditional way, so even though the album isn’t groundbreaking, the ensemble stand their ground with swagger which will secure them place in many a heart.
The wonderful people of One World Music Radio have added another category to their 2016 Awards and it is Track Of The Year. And we are very excited and proud to find several of our artist receiving a nomination in the Rock category:
- Cranston – Queen Of The Pain
- Forest Field – Valley Of Pain
- Sixtynine – Good Trade.
And also our distribution artist Holly Montgomery is nominated with the title track of her album Leaving Eden.
If you want to vote, please go to this page to learn how. We wish all the nominees succes!
Apart from coming up with one of the best album titles of all time, Sunrise Auranaut have created an album of progressive bliss for the ever growing throng of this revitalised genre, from each track we can hear cultured arrangements that thrill and carry the listener all along the way.
Remnants of Yes, with a mild smattering of Emerson Lake and Palmer abound here; the percussion lifts the project with an undeniable sense of power and posture, In A Room With Many Mirrors a fine example of this bands cleverness.
I grew up with a cousin that played Wakeman and King Arthur relentlessly and some of that you can find here. Listen though to the subtleties of tracks like The Last Meeting, one could easily be mistaken that perhaps Keith Emerson had reincarnated back into our time frame, you can’t keep a good rocker down!
Sunrise Auranaut have created something a little special here, just listen to The Great Dumb (Cinema) and be amazed at the flexibility of tone, tempo and composition of arrangement. Take in the outstanding Late Night Is Early Morning (After the Holiday) and understand that within this album, a new era of progressive rock has been born, the era of Sunrise Auranaut. This is one album that has to be brought, has to be listened, this is a work that raises the bar in this genre by a mile.
Congrats to Vitaly and thank you Steve!
It has happened. It was bound to. Yes, believe it or not, but after 5 amazing months on top of the list, Forest Field had to give up on the #1 spot and landed on position 4. Congratulations to the excellent The Soul Exchange and their great album Bloodbound for taking over!
And for the third month in a row, we find the Dawn Of The Age Of Aquarius album from Age Of Aquarius on #3! That in a way is rather unique too.
Another surprise is Cranston finding their way UP again, #14 this month. And nice to see another project from singer Phil Vincent, D’Ercole, land the #18 spot.
Last but not least for us are Sixtynine taking the number 24 with their rocking You Are Me album.
Congrats to the artists and thank you to the presenters and listeners of One World Music Radio!
Starting April 24 you can pre order the new Sunrise Auranaut album The Ocean Of Unspoken Words! The official release date is May 26, but we will start shipping early May. And the best thing about the pre order is; you will get it at a discounted price! So mark your calendar and give this beautiful album a new home…
Curious about how it will sound? Then check the title track:
Rock Company are proud to announce the cooperation with legendary Dutch punk/psychedelic/rock band Cellar Dwellers. We will start distributing the Junkyard Chronicles EP’s part 1 and 2. The CD version will be up in our website as soon as possible and the digital release (in 1 album) will become available April 21! From then on you will find them on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, eMusic, etc.
The CD version will also be added to our distribution network Rock Inc. / Bertus.
We welcome the band to our roster and for more info on them you can visit their Artist page. Or grab a taste with this song:
While we wait for the new Sunrise Auranaut album to arrive so the pre order can be set up; please enjoy this video for the title track of the coming CD: The Ocean Of Unspoken Words:
Dmitry from Let It Rock on DMME has written another great review for our latest album! You can find it on their website or read it below. Thank you Dmitry!
FOREST FIELD – Lonely Desert
Rock Company 2016
Spicy, if not spaced out, interpretation of the Muad’Dib story. Epic choruses abound.
Over the years, there’s been a few attempts to harness the essence of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” but only Klaus Schulze had taken it to an LP scale while eschewing songs’ format, an approach which multi-instrumentalist Peter Cox turned around for his fourth album loosely based on the classic book. With former LEGION singer Phil Vincent giving voice to most of the pieces here and clinging to Arrakis’ literary surface in “Fear” to create a triumphant finale, “Lonely Desert” is a many-layered work which reveals previously unnoticed textures with every new spin without losing its infectiousness.
One doesn’t need to be familiar with the context, though, to feel its melodic grip once “Valley Of Pain” has set things in motion with a heavy guitar hook, before vocals bring airiness into the arid riff-and-strum whose AOR magnetism is inescapable. There also sublime harmonies to make the refrains of “Into The Light” and “Asleep” as memorable as possible, yet dry production and deliberate toning down of the performances add to the thematic and cinematic dramatism that’s dictated by the original sci-fi saga.
Whereas voiceless vignettes such as “To Bits” introduce folk sensibility to the narrative, they also provide atmospheric contrast to the tension oozing out from the organ-bolstered “Alienation” to let this cosmos breathe. It may be lonely out there, but there’s music for a company.