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More Reviews

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D'Ercole - Made To BurnOk, halfway through the month it is time to point you to some more reviews! Let’s first start with Mr. H. from Zeitgeist / The Rocker, writing about Fred Mika. Alas no direct link to the review (it was posted November 23) so here his words:

FRED MIKA
Withdrawal Symptons
Rock Company

It’s the one fans are all waiting for. You know, The announcement that the drummer is doing a solo album.

So fans of Brazilian band Sunroad must have been besides themselves with joy when this appeared. Turns out said band have punted out half a dozen albums over the last twenty years or so. Nope, me neither. But it explains how Mr Mika has cajoled a host of Brazilian rock singers to appear here. See it’s one of those where a different singer is on each tune. Mind you, it’s as much an Andre Adonis record as he co-writes, plays guitars, bass and keyboards and does some singing as well. And he’s in Sunroad. Which just confuses me.

Never having heard Sunroad I don’t know how much this differs from their records but I’m hazarding a guess that this collection of old school, melodic hard rock won’t be a million miles away. And there are a few good tunes along for the ride. The best two are right in the middle when the class of Carl Dixon and Michael Voss help lift the songs on ‘Wired In’ and ‘Artwork Nightmare’ respectively.

There are nods to classic Deep Purple in a few places when the keyboards are a wee bit more prominent but there just aren’t enough to push the record from good to great. There are some jazzy and instrumental interludes which don’t help the flow so even though I quite enjoyed it but I won’t be rushing back.

Thank you mr. H.!

****

Another one I cannot point you to is for the latest Cranston album. And it is getting quite the praise:

To be released tomorrow, the simply titled “II” is indeed the second album from CRANSTON, the band formed three years go by vocalist / multi-instrumentalist Phil Vincent, his former band mate in D’Ercole drummer B.F. D’Ercole, and the legendary Paul Sabu on guitar.
What isn’t ‘simply’ for sure is the material on offer here; a strong bunch of classic melodic hard rockers full of bounce and displaying the best Sabu’s guitar work / songwriting in years.

While CranstoN first album was a good one, this second effort blow it out of the water on all aspects: all songs are good, arrangements & production better, and Sabu’s guitar playing is on fire.
Paul Sabu’s last solo album from some years ado resulted ‘cold’ in my humble opinion, then on CranstoN’s self-titled debut his work was fine however with not much room to shine, but here the talented guitarist seems to have re-captured his essence delivering some truly awesome riffs and solos to boot.

CranstoN “II” has the ‘good songs’ you need to success – well written and catchy tunes – Vincent has proven his talents and skills over the years, but what really takes this CD to another level is Sabu’s work.
His sweet riffs on the melodic rock tunes”Always on the Run”, “What’s it Gonna Take” or the AORish “Wrong Side of Town” bringing to mind Paul’s early albums.

Nicely, “II” is not circumscribed to only one genre, and they suddenly drop a poppy melodious song worthy of massive attention in the form of “Wish I Had More Time” (with Sabu performing cool acoustics as well). Here, as happens on some songs on the CD, Vincent sings with a vocal tone reminiscent of Night Ranger’s Keally Keagy which I like a lot and fits the material.

Then, the band change course to insight the hard rock intensity of the groovy “Throwin’ Down”, the Night Ranger circa mid-Nineties “Tables Turning”, and the pretty killer closing number “Dead & Gone”, a punchy cut again with a solid guitar work.

As said previously, while the first CranstoN album was good, I resulted pleasantly surprised with “II”, a very good melodic hard rock album with an early ’90s feeling.
I wasn’t expecting this Sabu return to form but the man delivers some of his magic again, add to that better songs and a more polished production, and we have here a very solid new album from CranstoN.
Highly Recommended

01. Always on the Run
02. What’s It Gonna Take
03. Wrong Side of Town
04. Soul Crusher
05. Tables Turning
06. Wish I Had More Time
07. One Track Mind
08. Throwin’ Down
09. Sad Truth
10. Take Me
11. Dead & Gone

Phil Vincent – vocals, bass, keyboards
Paul Sabu – guitar, vocals, keyboards
B.F. D’Ercole – drums

*****

Next are Souls Of Deaf. Writer Steven Reid from Sea Of Tranquility gives it 3 stars. Considering they focus on prog and this is a bit more of a metal record, not bad. He does not call it a perfectly decent record for nothing! Thanks Steven.

****

Your Music Blog tell you why (providing you love prog metal) you should buy The Dark Tower from Sky Empire. And some time before the blog wrote about D’Ercole’s Made to Burn.

****

And closing for the moment is Dmitry Epstein from DMME. He always weaves magic words and finds himself pretty impressed with D’Ercole’s latest offering Made To Burn and hands it a 4/13 out of 5 stars! Thank you Dmitry!

 

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Pre- Order Cranston II available now!

Cranston IIThe second hammer album from Cranston is arriving!

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Phil Vincent, AOR God Paul Sabu, D’Ercole drummer B.F. D’Ercole, together form CRANSTON. Their new album “II” defies any easy pigeonhole. By turns, they perform melodic rock to accompany a throbbing backline as in “What’s it Gonna Take” and “Always on the Run”, singing about life, love, and everything surrounding it. Then suddenly dropping a pop song worthy of massive attention in the form of “Wish I Had More Time”. Then changing course to insight the metal fury of “Throwin’ Down”, “Dead & Gone” and “Tables Turning”. CRANSTON “II” checks all the boxes. They top it all off with a massive production on par with the most successful albums of our time– This, all skilfully blended into a seamless flow.

The album is available for pre-order now on Bandcamp and iTunes. Or buy the limited edition CD straight from us. And until release day for a reduced price!

Check the awesome video for What’s It Gonna Take:

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Rock Top 30 chart June

2017 06 Top 30 Rock Chart Seems our artists still fare well in the One World Music Radio Rock Top30!

  • Cranston with Phil Vincent and Paul Sabu refuse to give in and even rise 2 places and now finds itself at #19,
  • Age Of Aquarius landed on #14,
  • Forest Field rises back into the top 10 and holds the #7 position and last but not least,
  • Sunrise Auranaut rise an astonishing 16 positions and find themselves at number 3!

Now who said that rock and prog are dead?
Thanks to all the listeners and presenters!
Of course you can find all these releases at our website www.rockcompany.nl and also online or at your favourite shop!

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New Rock Company podcast

As you may have noticed, here at Rock Company we like to keep busy. So slowly but surely the number of titles available from us is rising! All independent artists, who need your support. Hugs and kudos for everyone who buys an album (often limited editions) or download! But if you are wondering what the label is about, here a sure fire way to introduce a lot of recent releases to you, this podcast. Have fun and never mind the ramblings of Dr. Schultz 🙂

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Track Of The Year Awards

2017 rock track awardThe 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!

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April Rock Chart success

2017 04 Top 30 Rock Chart.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!

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More Rock Chart success!

2017 03 rock chartFor an incredible fifth month in a row, Forest Field’s Lonely Desert album is topping the One World Music Rock Chart top 30. Rumour has it that is a record. But truth or not, it is an amazing achievement. And besides that, Age Of Aquarius secured position 3 for the second time in a row after entering there the previous month. Sixtynine and Cranston are also still in the list, at 7 and 25 respectively.

So it is safe to say that it has been another successful month of airplay at the station. Thanks to all involved!

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Nominations OMWR Awards!

We feel blessed with our artists receiving a number of nominations for the 2016 One World Music awards. In random order:

  • Earthshine – White Cliff Country nominated in the People’s Choice awards. If you want to vote, go to this link to do so. Thanks!
  • Cranston – Cranston, nominated for Rock album of the year
  • Forest Field – Lonely Desert, also nominated for Rock album of the year
  • Sixtynine – You Are Me, another contender for Rock album of the year
  • and last but not least, our Distribution artist Holly Montgomery – Leaving Eden is another nominee in the Rock album category.

Needless to say we are very happy for our artists for this achievement. We wish the voting judges success with this hard task, what a list!

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Ruling the Rock chart

omwr rockchart 2017-02We might be a bit late to the party as the new edition of this rock chart will air later today, but still, a TOP 3 of Rock Company Artists is still worth mentioning…

  • At position 20 we find the rocking CranstoN album, a former #1
  • at #3 we find the new entry of the Age Of Aquarius album, wow
  • at #2 we find the You Are Me album by Sixtynine, who refuse to lay down and just went back up in the top 3
  • and at the top we find Forest Field’s Lonely Desert album for a stunning fourth time in a row!

Thank you so much to all the OMWR presenters and of course those fabulous listeners!

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Excellent CranstoN review

let it rockWriter Dmitry M. Epstein of the Let It Rock website has written an excellent review of the CranstoN album.

Here it is:

Rock and a hard place: heavy trio strut their stuff in dramatically arresting way.

Lately, there’s been a whole slew of albums that Phil Vincent, he of LEGION glory, lent his pipes to, and this one finds the singer sharing the spotlight with ONLY CHILD’s Paul Sabu, a guitar foil to stars. Both schooled in AOR, together the duo and B.F. D’Ercole on drums deliver an impressive set of originals that cleverly hide jagged hooks under memorable lines, and large-caliber choruses which shoot to thrill, rather than kill. In such an environment, lyrical cliches like “pedal to the metal” don’t seem unavoidable, but they’re par for the course when it comes to stirring arenas.

The rock ‘n’ roll ardor and singalong melodies on “Queen Of The Pain” and “Fallen” are truly irresistible, while the weighty splashes behind “You Oughta Know” show a serious intent, and the emotional charge relents only in “Sea Of Madness” where ballad waves crash against reefs of riffs. From the bass rumble of “Long, Long Way To Go” on, there’s a nice sway to the songs, with “Let It Go” demonstrating an unexpected raga tint, and “Trouble Ahead” tapping into the heart of Delta until heavenly harmonies kick it out of acoustically tinctured blues. The album’s many layers require delicate unraveling, yet it’s a rewarding process. A solid, if not revolutionary, work.

****

Thank you Dmitry! Read it on the website