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 🙂
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!
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!
For 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!
- 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!
- 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!
German magazine Legacy have done a fantastic review of the Sixtynine album in their edition 105. Here is the English translation:
At some point Tomaz K. was probably too tired of constantly announcing other acts in his presenter job. So he decided to set up a cover band and to go into business. However, it should not be limited to occasional weekend gigs and parties.
SIXTYNINE decided to write their own material and to use the reputation of their front man directly as an international foothold. So here is “You Are Me” the album, which should get the band a certain standing. And with the ten really good songs you get on the debut, this should be possible without any problems. SIXTYNINE are not simply classified with the classic hard rock stamp, but also have qualities in Singer-Songwriter and progressive rock, although the common denominator is always preserved. But the material of “You Are Me” is under no limits, is at times epic, sometimes dramatic, then again pure riff rock and in the end this colourful mixture is strong enough to impress. And because the scene in Slovenia rarely reveals valuable material, you are hereby urgently advised to get yourself an impression of this pleasantly diversified work!
(BB) 11 points
The German text:
SIXTYNINE „You Are Me“
Genre: Hard Rock
Irgendwann war es Tomaz K. wohl zu doof, als Radiomoderator ständig nur andere Acts anzusagen. Kurzerhand entschloss er sich, eine Coverband zu gründen und selbst ins Business einzusteigen. Es sollte jedoch nicht bei gelegentlichen Wochenendgigs und -partys bleiben.
SIXTYNINE entschieden sich, eigenes Material zu produzieren und die Reputation ihres Frontmanns zu nutzen, um direkt auch internationale Fuß zu fassen. Mit „You Are Me“ folgt nun das Album, das der Band ein gewisses Standing verpassen soll – und angesichts der zehn wirklich guten Songs, die man auf dem Erstling verewigt hat, sollte dies problemlos möglich sein. SIXTYNINE lassen sich nämlich nicht bloß mit dem klassischen Hard Rock-Stempel klassifizieren, sondern haben auch Qualitäten in Sachen Singer-Songwriter und Progressive Rock, wenngleich der gemeinsame Nenner immer erhalten bleibt. Aber das Material von „You Are Me“ untersteht keinen Limits, ist mal episch, mal dramatisch, dann jedoch auch wieder purer Riff Rock und am Ende stark genug, um mit dieser bunten Mischung durchzustarten. Gerade weil die Szene in Slowenien nur selten wertiges Material ans Tageslicht bringt, sollte man daher dringend in Erwägung ziehen, sich selbst einen Eindruck von diesem angenehm abwechslungsreichen Werk zu machen! (BB)
Time to inform you about our Chart success on the One World Music Rock Top 30!
at 21 we have Docker’s Guild and their album The Heisenberg Diaries
at 7 we have distribution artist Holly Montgomery with Leaving Eden
at 6 we have #Tragik (Phil Vincent Bands) with Come and Get It
at 3 we find Sixtynine with their great rock album You Are Me
#2 is last month’s #1; #Cranston (Phil Vincent and Paul Sabu) THE rock album of 2016 and last but not least:
#1 is the latest Forest Field album Lonely Desert!
This is an incredible achievement for our artists! Many many thanks to the OMWR team and all the listeners!!
Check the show #podcast here or use the player below
The band Cranston is the next chapter in the long career of the in melodic rock circles very well-known Phil Vincent, who both as a solo artist as well as with bands like Tragik, D’Ercole and Legion has released quite a lot of great albums. In this new outfit Cranston, which is by the way named after the birthplace of mister Vincent, he has joined forces with another celebrity in the melodic rock world being Paul Sabu, which has become quite popular with bands like Kidd Glove, Only Child and Sabu. The combination of these two world-class artists, completed with drummer B.F. D’Ercole (of the earlier mentioned eponymously entitled band), brings its first work of art to market now and that has certainly become a very meritorious affair. Read the rest here.
Next up is Sixtynine: We don’t see it too often that a band from Slovenia releases an album that is reaching our territory but this outfit Sixtynine has nevertheless succeeded in that with this debut album ‘You Are Me’. The band is playing traditional (heavy) rock with a lot of attention for the fine vocals of singer Tomaz, who is (rightfully) determining the overall band sound of Sixtynine to a large extent. The album kicks off with the very beautiful, but rather subdued ‘Don’t Give Up’, which for me definitely is one of the best songs that this album has to offer. Read the rest here.
For both we have Sjak to thank.
Alas some other people wrote about the Docker’s Guild album and the latest Forest Field offering. But these are only proof that some should be banned from writing as they lack the proper skills…