It is now possible to pre order the coming Stamina live album Live In The City Of Power. Recorded September 2018 om Zgierz, Poland, this CD / DVD combi shows you what a remarkable live force they are! On it you will find 9 tracks of their premium power / progressive metal sound.
And start with watching Breaking Another String:
It’s a busy day today! So let’s start with announcing the pre-order for the new Battersea album Arguments & Sentiments. You can hear the track To Ithaca on Bandcamp and our website, but you might wanna look out for the absolutely fab video for it below, starring the band and someone who looks vaguely familiar 😉
CD ships from next week! As usual the pre-order comes with a discounted price.
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Lots of new reviews headed our way recently. So time for another roundup:
- Dutch site Rockportaal were happy with the second Cranston album and describe it as “tasty melodic hardrock in a modern jacket, inspired by older work. Fans of Eighties rock can buy this on sight”.
- the second Rockportaal review concerns Slug Comparison. Writer Edwin says that “Doug Harrison shows himself an accomplished writer with songs that both lyrically as well as musically are of high calibre. An album that deserves your attention”
- French site Metal Integral next. First Cranston – II gets 17/20 points! “an album that will energise your days”
- Another 17/20 for last years effort from Fred Mika – Withdrawal Symptoms and as they put it “it is never too late to showcase who are both gifted as passionate!”
- Mr. H. from UK site The Rocker did not like all of the D’Ercole album Made To Burn, but did say that what he likes “will be a treat for fans of eighties styled melodic rock” Find the review dated February 12 here
- on to German site Musik Reviews. First a 12/15 for Cranston! Their conclusion is “Above average good, ultra-conservative and therefore surprise-free AOR or melodic rock of two absolute professionals in this field”
- no rating for Claudio Delgift’s The Essential, but they do say it is “likely to appeal to prog rock to metal listeners and friends of virtuously played electric guitars”
- Alas they were one of the few so far not totally impressed by Slug Comparison album When You Were Living Here (10/15). Reading the comments however, I am not sure were the comparisons to Rush and prog-light are coming from?
- Then Brazil, a staggering 9.5/10 for Fred Mika coming from Roadie Metal!
- Then back the UK’s The Rocker. Lots of praise from Mr. H for Claudio Delgift in the February 19 edition of reviews. “There are complex arrangements but it’s all underpinned by a strong sense of melody that keeps you hooked. He’s certainly worthy of being better known so fingers crossed this does its job”. We hope so too!
A big thanks to all the writers!
- First one is from mr. H. (The Rocker) about Souls Of Deaf (January 22). He does not like the name or all of the tunes, but says “There are some good tunes and riffs on offer”
- French site Neo Prog write a very fine piece about the latest Slug Comparison. Some of their words (translated): “Definitely, it is more than recommended to explore the Slug Comparison universe; between shadow and light, acoustic and electric, this opus listens to one stroke as it is judiciously balanced and you will become indispensable”
- Next is Get Ready To Rock, also about Slug Comparison. Jason Ritchie says “Those already familiar with his solo work will certainly want this, along with those who enjoy prog rock with a distinct alternative edge”
- Rocktopia/ Fireworks’ Mick Parry had this to say about Marenna: “The album oozes a vibrant, melodic sound and it’s easy to pick up the influences from the past, but these guys have added a touch of flair to it all. In Rodrigo Marenna, they have a great front-man with the pipes to match the best out there. If you like Melodic Rock with an edge, go for this and you’ll have ‘No Regrets'”
- Word wizard Dmitry Epstein wrote about Cranston: ” this little ensemble with a big sound follow their debut record with a sophomore effort that bares their arena-minded ambition” and hands a 3 3/4 out of 5 stars for the album
- Your Music Blog say about Cranston “prove that Phil and Paul have a great thing going. Fingers crossed we are treated to more of this”
- Something For The Weekend include Slug Comparison in the 5 albums you need to hear for January
- Felonafan wrote a 4 star review for Sunrise Auranaut, and says it’s a “good addition to many prog collections”
- Another one from Dmitry at DMME, this time on Slug Comparison “bound to perplex and enchant an ear in equal measure” with a 3 4/5 star as a result
- And last but not least for now, a blistering 5 star review for Cranston on ViriAOR. Alicia Albertos recommends the album saying (translated) “An honest and easy listening record where a careful production stands out, with well-arranged arrangements and second voices and some lines of guitars that give the final product a touch of distinction”
All writers, thank you very much!
“Hypocrite” marks the 21st solo album by melodic rock multi-instrumentalist Phil Vincent. Totally combining modern production with classic heavy rock alongside melodic song writing in the vein of Winger, Dokken, and the Beatles, “Hypocrite” brings the listener back without losing touch with the present. Bolstered by lead guitarists Vince O’Regan and Peter Cox, this release should firmly cement Vincent’s place in melodic rock history as a songwriter not afraid to take chances but never losing touch with his deep rooted influences.
Here some quotes and links to the reviews:
- Glory Daze Music gave Cranston an 8.5 and admit quite liking the effort
- German site Musik Reviews gave Sunrise Auranaut 10/15 and think they have a full Eastern flair and a clear space sound
- Heavy Paradise were among the first to review Slug Comparison, crediting the album with a 8/10 saying: ” I have to say that is a quite interesting ride all the way through Doug Harrison‘s music world. It includes some excellent melodies, solid arrangements, deep and with meaning lyrics and very good performances”
- Fireworks writer Paul Woodward discussed D’Ercole‘s fifth album Made To Burn and calls it “another quality release involving Vincent and it’s one I highly recommend“
- Next we have Progressive Rock Fanatics writer Stephen Conrad. His first review featured involves Claudio Delgift and his compilation The Essential. Stephen says “Claudio is a prolific musician, and these tracks serve as a good introduction into the breadth and quality of his work so far.”
- The second Conrad review is about Slug Comparison. In one word he calls it “Superb”!
- In Canada’s The Georgia Straight, Slug Comparison is named Album Of The Week by writer Mike Usinger!
- Get Ready To Rock writer Jason Ritchie says “With Cranston both Phil Vincent and Paul Sabu have made musical chemistry and I am already looking forward to hearing what these two come up with next.” 4/5 stars
- and last but certainly not least is a thrilling review for Slug Comparison by The Ringmaster. Pete says “When You Were Living Here is simply intimate splendour with melodic nobility sure to be deserving of every ounce of attention and acclaim it will inevitably garner.”
Rock Company are very happy to welcome Italian melodic power / progressive metal band STAMINA to the family!
We will work with them to release their LIVE CD + DVD (!) Live In The City Of Power in the coming months.
This is an exciting new chapter for us all, and we are looking forward to present it to you!
Stay tuned for details, thanks for your support!