Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the
Self-Titled debut album from the US band ACTION on December 7th 2007
Oiginally formed in 1985, Action is a long-time concept devised by
acclaimed guitarist / songwriter Chip of What Matters, Mars Hill
and The Hitmen. The band also features the soaring vocals of other
former Mars Hill member Jack Marques (Crossover, Unknown God) and
the musical talents of bassist Chris Sutherland, keyboardist Ruben
Demello (Crossover, Unknown God), drummer Chris Longo
(Project Broken, Dirty Deeds, Hysteria, Promises) with additional drums
from Mark Duane (Trendkill, Paradox, Action, Touch,
As founder and guitarist for the band Action during the mid to late
80’s, Chip shared the stage with Quiet Riot, Firehouse, Slaughter,
Rough Cutt and Zebra among many others. As the musical landscape quickly
changed in the early 90’s, Action split not to be heard from again
until he collaborated with singer / songwriter Jack Marques a decade
Between bands and life itself, both Chip and Jack had each individually
written and recorded a number of outstanding melodic rock tracks over
the years which ranged from 80’s rock / metal to more modern adult
oriented rock. Each had always been saving these unused gems for some
future project; they just weren’t sure what it would be.
What is certain, these gems are fresh, melodic power rock - true to its
80's roots while delivering a modern kick! Action is an infusion of
Boston meets Journey with touches of Whitesnake and Def Leppard. With
this mix, Action delivers what rock fans have been waiting a decade or
more for - screaming melodic guitars, soaring vocals, catchy choruses
and rockin’ beats.
Never feeling that Action was quite finished, in mid 2006, Chip
approached friend and manager Ron Vining about getting the project off
the ground again. In February 2007, Action were snapped up by Frontiers
Records and the album was delivered a few months later, with
an artwork courtesy of Richard Mace (Journey, Soul SirkUS, Jeff
Album tracklisting will include the following songs: Without
Someday; Here In My Heart; Destiny; Forever; Loveless; Don't
Leave Me Lonely; Heaven
Tonight; Cinderella; Feel
The Fire; Is It Love.
The wait is over. Get ready, December 7th 2007 is the date when
European (on Frontiers Records) and Japanese (on King Records)
Melodic Rock fans across the globe are going to get a whole lot of Action!
TOLKKI - SAANA WARRIOR OF LIGHT (Part I : Return To Crystal
Since Timo Tolkki had the idea for a Rock Opera two years ago, a
lot has happened. After signing the record deal with Frontiers
Records, he has been working hard on this project. It has been a
monumental task that has just been getting bigger and bigger.
"Composing, writing the story, casting from hundreds of people, and
putting this all together has been very refreshing and interesting for
me", says Tolkki. "I think it is the next logical
step for me and I am really interested in combining music, graphics and
film", he continues.
"This album has just basically one long song, but there are 18
themes that are bound together by a story in which I have used my
longtime interest in philosophy, psychology and spirituality. At the end
of the day it really has just two main themes: Love and the fight
between good and evil. As the name indicates, there will be another part
to this saga. It really is a very interesting story about an old theme,
but I think I have managed to take it somewhere that no one has been
before. I am also very happy that I have the chance to direct the film
for the music as well, because I think it really needs it. It's like a
combination of a musical, music video and regular film", Tolkki
Featuring the vocal talents of Jennifer Sowle, Aino Laos, Heikki
Poyhiä and Janette Sainio, this album is a breathtaking
experience of emotions. The singers were each carefully chosen for their
respective roles and they will enhance the musical journey in a way that
has never really been heard before. Timo Tolkki calls it "A
Classical Rock Opera "
We are proudly presenting : "Saana-Warrior of Light part 1:
Journey to Crystal Island". It is a multimedia adventure
containing almost one hour of music and comes with a full all region
Bonus DVD that contains the whole story in film format as well. It also
has lots of other extras and a brand new interview of Timo Tolkki
about his past, present and future. The scheduled release date is early
Records is excited to announce the release of the debut album from
the Swedish Progressive Metal hopefuls SEVEN TEARS entitled “In
Every Frozen Tear” on December 7th 2007.
Previously known as “Atlantica” (whose debut demo gathered a
great response on the Sweden Rock Magazine) the band went through
several changes which established the band with the current lineup of Jonathan
Carlemar (guitars), Fredrik Lager (bass), Kristofer von
Wachenfeldt (keyboards, Platitude), Michael Sjöö (drums,
Spearfish) and Zoran Djorem (vocals).
Signed in early 2007 on Frontiers on the basis of their last demo tape
“The Story Unfolds”, SEVEN TEARS entered the studio under the
guidance of Peter Lundin (Spearfish) and worked their asses off
to came up with a KILLER debut release that could establish the band as
a sparkling reality in the Melodic Progressive Metal scene.
“To get a deal with the Frontiers label and the opportunity to
release an album is something that we all have dreamed of since the day
we first picked up our instruments” says axeman Jonathan
Carlemar, “We are very satisfied with the songs and are looking
forward to hear what people think about them!”.
“Our music style” continues Carlemar, “can be described
as Melodic Metal with a lot of influences from the 80’s and with some
prog elements. The album contains strong melodies, heavy riffs and great
musicianship. The heavy ”Hollow Ground”, the ballad ”All Alone”
and the epic ”Truth of Tomorrow” are songs that makes a multifaced
“In Every Frozen Tear” will include the following tracks:
Twist of Fate; Faded
Hollow Ground; Reflections; Sorrows;
All Alone; In Every Frozen Tear; Prayer For The Dying; The Story Unfolds;
of Insanity; Fragments; Truth of Tomorrow.
Samples of the upcoming album will also be available at www.myspace.com/seventearsmusic
“The mixture of melodic heavy metal and the strong melodies from
the 80’s is a modern and interesting hybrid that will please fans of
melodic/heavy metal. And it’s much cooler to buy the record instead of
downloading it!” concludes Jonathan Carlemar, and definitely this
is an album set to please all the fans of Evergrey, Last Tribe and
Symphony X with hints to the sound of TNT, Journey and Pretty Maids.
Don’t miss the chance to discover a new exciting find in Melodic Metal
due to be released on Frontiers Records (with release in Japan on
King Records) on December 7th 2007 !!!
Follow the link to www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALIKbUdDhIY
and enjoy a KILLER video presentation of RICHIE KOTZEN’s upcoming
album “Return of the Mother Head’s Family Reunion” due out
in Europe for release on October 19the 2007 !
Records is pleased to announce the release of
“Red Planet Boulevard”, LANA LANE’s new studio album on December
The new album is a melodic rock feast that showcases Lana's legendary
vocals with timeless songwriting, all produced in a modern symphonic
rock environment. The atmosphere of the album is both spacious and grand,
soaring melodies and intimate phrases play against lush arrangements of
guitar and keyboards, all intertwining in a compelling tango of
orchestration that is pure Lana Lane.
Recorded in The Netherlands and in San Francisco, California, “Red
Planet Boulevard” combines the feeling of European precision and
old world mystery with the Bay Area's legendary style and mood that is
pure Northern California magic. The melange of locations shows in the
album's production that is both bombastic and moody, clear and heavy,
intimate and extroverted. Producer / keyboardist Erik Norlander
took on bass guitar duties as well for this release continuing in the
role he played on the 2007 “Lady Macbeth” tour. Long time
collaborators, Dutchmen Peer Verschuren (guitar) and Ernst Van
Ee (drums), complete the instrumental trio in what Norlander calls
"a sort of 'Led Zeppelin' instrumentation where we have guitar,
drums and a bass playing keyboardist."
The “Red Planet Boulevard” musician line-up is indeed the
most compact to appear on a Lana Lane album, but the trio does
not falter in creating the massive Symphonic Rock sound for which Lana
Lane is so well known. Walls of guitars, landscapes of keyboards and
tectonic plates of bass and drums drive the arrangements with the energy
and exuberance of a band that indeed went straight from the road into
the studio. That touring seasoning shows in the subtle complexities of
“Red Planet Boulevard”. This is a band that is experienced
and skilled in their craft all supporting a legendary vocalist who is at
the top of her game.
Twelve all original songs compose “Red Planet Boulevard”. The
heavy rockers "Into the Fire", "Capture the Sun"
and "Angels and Magicians" along with the power ballad
"Jessica" harken back to Lana's 1995 debut release, “Love
is an Illusion”, while in contrast, the anthemic "Shine",
"The Frozen Sea" and "No Tears Left"
have a distinctly 21st century sound that fits perfectly with today's
iPod generation. The uptempo "Stepford, USA" re-tells
the story of the quiet rural town with a dark secret, while "The
Sheltering Sorrow" is a heart wrenching ballad that is epic in
scale with links back to the late 60s majesty of early symphonic rock.
The album concludes with the finale and title track, "Red Planet
Boulevard", where themes from each of the album's songs is
reprised in a grand orchestral rock style.
Artwork is once again provided by Polish surrealist Jacek Yerka
who has painted the covers for Lana's many past masterworks. Photos for
the album were shot by noted San Francisco photographer Mark Leialoha
who brings his own style and vision to the Lana Lane production
team. Fans of melodic rock, symphonic style and the amazing female rock
voice, your light is green: make the turn onto “Red Planet
nto the Fire; The
Frozen Sea; Capture
the Sun; Jessica; Stepford, USA; Shine; Lazy Summer Day; No
Tears Left; Save the World; Angels and Magicians; The Sheltering Sorrow;
Red Planet Boulevard.
Frontiers Records is excited to present the release of WINGER
“Live” DVD and 2CD set on November 9th 2007 !
Culled from their 2007 US reunion tour, WINGER offers their first live
album and dvd ever ! Kip Winger, Reb Beach, Rod
Morgenstein and John Roth rip through all the hits,
progressive jams and new material taken from their comeback album “IV”
with a passion and energy their fans have come to admire!
For nearly 20 years the members of Winger have been delivering their
music to sold out audiences all over the world. Their multi platinum
status and respected musicianship has earned Winger a loyal following
From Kip’s start in Alice Cooper to Rod’s tenure with the
Dixie Dregs and Reb’s tenure with Dokken and Whitesnake,
Winger continues to push the boundaries of their music and deliver it to
old and new fans!
CD1: Blind Revolution Mad; Loosen Up; Easy Come Easy Go;
Your Great Escape; Down Incognito; Rainbow In the Rose; Generica; Junk
CD2: Right Up Ahead; Reb’s Guitar Solo; You
Are The Saint, I Am The Sinner; Rod’s Drum Solo; Headed For A
Heartbreak; Can't Get Enough; Seventeen; Who's The One; Miles Away;
Madalaine; Blue Suede Shoes (Acoustic Version) - bonus studio
DVD contents: Blind Revolution Mad; Loosen Up;
Easy Come Easy Go; Your Great Escape; Down Incognito; Rainbow In the
Rose; Generica; Junk Yard Dog; Right Up Ahead; Reb’s Guitar Solo; You
Are The Saint, I Am The Sinner; Rod’s Drum Solo; Headed For A
Heartbreak; Can't Get Enough; Seventeen; Who's The One; Miles Away;
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the brand
new Mark Boals / Magnus Karlsson cooperation THE CODEX
on November 9th 2007.
CODEX marks the return to recording – after a 3 years hiatus - for Mark
Boals, known as one of the best singers ever to work with Yngwie
Malmsteen and first class vocalist, awarded in 1999 by BURRN!
Magazine readers in Japan as Best Overall singer of the year.
Mark also released 3 successful solo albums and fronted the Power-Prog
Metal band Ring Of Fire (which such musical giants as Virgil
Donati, Tony MacAlpine and Vitalij Kuprij), with whom he released
another 3 studio albums and one live cd / dvd.
“I am feeling great, better than ever!” says Boals about his
comeback, “I was interested in working with Magnus after hearing
his work, I love his guitar playing, and of course his songwriting is
superb! There are great melodies and I really enjoyed singing on this
one. It's really a catchy album, and I have been listening to it a lot,
which I rarely do with my work”.
Boals’ partner in crime on THE CODEX is another Swedish guitar-wizard,
Magnus Karlsson, a super-talented and busy guy actually, since he
is the mastermind behind Starbreaker (with Tony Harnell) and the recent
very successful Allen / Lande collaboration.
“It's really an honour to work with such a fantastic singer”,
states Karlsson, “It's very easy to write for Mark because he has
this enormous vocal range. I have never heard anything like it! He sings
some unbelievably high notes and he does it so beautiful. Musically I
wanted to stretch the borders a little more than usual, with almost a
Power Metal style in some songs and very soft parts in others. I use a
lot of orchestral arrangement to make it bigger but at the same time I
try to leave space for the heaviness in the guitars, drums and bass. I
also wanted this to be an album with focus on the vocals and melody as I
always do but I added a lot of guitar shredding as well”.
Completing the line-up are Linus Abrahamson on bass and Daniel
Flores (Mind’s Eye) on drums.
THE CODEX is truly a creative and diverse album which shows a very
different side of Karlsson songwriting and gives Boals the chance to
showcase some of his most aggressive and heaviest vocals ever. It is
probably the heaviest cd where the two artists have ever been involved
with, still keeping intact the trademarks of a monster Melodic Metal
Beyond The Dark;
Raise Your Hands; Toxic
Kiss; Bring Down The Moon; Running Out Of Hate; Dream Makers; Whole
Of Death; Mystery; Prisoner; You Can Have It All; Garden
are kindly invited to sink their teeth into this !
Bob Kulick, Doug Katsaros and Peppy Castro are well
underway with their work on the forthcoming BALANCE come back album.
According to Kulick “The songs are real Balance and we definitely
want this to be great”. Some of the song titles which will make it
to the final album are “Breathe”, “Rainbow’s End”,
“Winner Takes All”, “Walk Away”, “Forever”,
“Twist of Fate”, “Old Friends”, “Who You
More songs are in progress and the recording process is reportedly going
“extremely well”. Lookout for the new BALANCE album in the
early part of 2008!
Ted Poley was kind enough to send us his comments on the songs that are
included in his forthcoming album “Smile” due for release on October
19th on Frontiers Records. Get also ready for a major surprise about
Ted and Danger Danger soon!
Great opening track. I co-wrote this song with the Martin Brothers. This
is a little bit modern yet totally melodic. The chorus is big and catchy
and you will be singing along with this one right from the start! Almost
reminds me of something that The Veronicas would do, and I LOVE their
Another great Martin Bros song. Sort of a cool moody song, something a
bit different from anything I have done before. Lots of production going
on in this song! I love the strings and orchestration on this one and a
great slide guitar lead by JK, probably played authentically with a beer
Good times, good mood song, reflects my mood at the moment, because I am
having the most fun touring and recording that I have had in many years
so I am a happy guy and named the cd after this song. It was written by
my music partner Vic Rivera specifically for this cd. Vic Plays the lead
guitar on this track as well.
WHAT IF SHE KNEW
The song is about someone who is ended up with the wrong girl and is
still thinking about the other one. This is a really catchy song,
written by my good bro the Rev Joey D, from the Ohio based band
"Liquid". He has been a close friend for many years now
and I love his songs. He wrote a couple that were included on my last
solo cd, including one of the most popular songs, "Maybe". He
continues his great writing on this cd.
MORE THAN GOODBYE
The ballad! Another great Joey D. song. Its a love song and full of a
lot of great emotion and production, starting out acoustic until the
full band kicks in. Great arrangement.
LUV ON ME
Probably my favourite song on the cd! This song is a real rocker and I
will surely be playing this one live...it rocks but you can dance to it!
It has some super catchy vocal hooks and overall just came out great.
The drumming is off the hook too! This song friggin’ ROCKS!
LIFE KEEPS SPINNING ME ROUND
Another one of my favourite tracks on the cd. It’s just a great song
and I added a ton of backing vocals which was a lot of fun and sounds
huge as it builds towards the end! Has some more great JK slide guitar
and the drum sound is huge. The drumming is "chock full of Dan
Zoidian Flavor Chops".
WHY CANT WE PRETENT THAT ITS OVER?
The title says it all, this is a "break up" song from a guy to
a girl. This is a really rockin’ song with my favourite guitar lead on
the whole cd. JK is so blazing on this one. I asked him to throw down
the most over the top and hard to play lead, and he threw down this
PREMIUM guitar lead! I cant actually believe that someone can play that
fast but here is the proof.
IF I CANT CHANGE YOUR HEART (Then Let Me Blow Your Mind)
This was the first song that I wrote with the Martin Brothers, they sent
me some music and I wrote the lead vocal melodies and the lyrics.
The title means, if I cant make you love me one way, then let me blow
you away another way, like with talent or humor or intelligence.
WHERE IT ENDS
Another Martin Bros track. This one is special to me because I play the
piano in the choruses and that will make my mom happy since she paid for
a lot of piano lessons when I was a kid! Its sort of a mid tempo ballad
but with a big chorus... I like the intimacy of the vocals in the
Another Vic Rivera song idea that I helped him finish. A little heavier
song but very melodic with a big catchy chorus and lots of Vic’s
trademark arrangement. Vic plays the guitar leads on this one too...he
delivered two great songs for this cd and originally wasn’t scheduled
to play on the cd, but I asked him to play the guitar on his own songs
so that i could get a touch of Vic on my cd!
REPRISE - IF I CANT
The credit for this one goes to Eric! He took my vocal tracks and came
up with a great orchestral arrangement for that song, and I love it!
Its great fun to sing with an orchestra and real piano… something I
would love to do live someday.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of SILENT
RAGE for the release of the band’s fourth studio album.
Silent Rage formed in 1985 and became immediately well-known in the
Californian scene, thanks to the captivating vocals, their style of
blending guitar and bass and signature song writing. Their debut album
“Shattered Hearts” was produced by the legendary Paul Sabu
in 1987 and gained immediate attention from the Hard Rock fans all over
the world. One year later, Gene Simmons signed them to his own
label and in 1989 “Don’t Touch Me There” followed up. This
album reached #1 on European Import charts and is still today regarded
as one of the top examples of Melodic Hard Rock sound of the late
The band finally came back with a third studio album “Still Alive”
in 2002. In the summer 2007 the band featuring founding members by EJ
Curse on bass, Jesse Damon on vocals and guitar, Mark
Hawkins on guitar and with Rodney Pino on drums, went back to
the studio to give birth to their long awaited new cd.
The guys are right now recording the new songs at Redrum Recording
Studios in Los Angeles with former Guns n Roses & Rockstar
Supernova guitarist, Gilby Clarke producing and mixing. Having
mid-summer pre-production behind them, the band is well into tracking new
songs for the latest CD and they're anticipating a completion date
by the end of October. Look for some very interesting special guest
Jesse Damon states: " It's a great time for the band
right now, we're all very excited about signing with Frontiers
Records and being in the studio recording new songs with Gilby Clarke
as our Producer! Everyone in the band is focused and giving
100 % to this new CD. Expect strong performances with a classic
Silent Rage style rock"!
Lookout for Silent Rage new album in the shops in early 2008!
Jaded Heart are preparing for the release of their brand new album
"Sinister Mind" on October 19th . In the
meanwhile the band has announced the following shows in support of the
23.10.2007 DE-Köln, Kantine (support UFO)
24.10.2007 DE-Reichenbach, H2O (support UFO)
25.10.2007 DE-Ratingen, Onkel Tom (cd release party)
17.10.2007 GB-Nottingham, Firefest
06.11.2007 DE-Essen, Weststadthalle (support UFO)
07.10.2007 DE-Frankfurt, Batschkapp (support UFO)
08.11.2007 DE-Hannover, Bluesgarage (support UFO)
The band also sent their track by track commentaries on the songs which
are included on the new album. Enjoy the read!
We were looking for a real live track and opener for the album and here
it is. We were testing this song a couple of times while we were playing
live and it was such fun to play.
Justice Is Deserved
A really heavy track with the albums highest vocal note and angry lyrics.
The title track. It contains heavy guitar riffs, melodic verses and
great choirs, done by Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse). He´s been involved in
all choirs actually.
A classic Jaded Heart groove like Anymore or Inside Out.
See The Light
We wrote that song together after we entered the rehearsing room for a
jam session. We killed some beers and things just happened.
Open Your Eyes
A good friend of the band, Mikael Rosengren, wrote this song together
with Johan. Johan came up with the idea of having the song on the album
because it really sounds like early Jaded Heart. We cranked it up a
little bit and here it is! Another reason to have Mikael involved in the
album is, that he introduced Johan to us in 2004.
My Eager´s Red
The 2nd part of the guitar solo was played by Sascha Gerstner of German
metal heroes Helloween. It is great to have some friends involved in the
album and we are very proud having him playing on this song.
Always On My Mind
This song is dedicated to Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin.
This song was planned to have a duet between John Corabi and Johan. But
unfortunately Johns time schedule was too tough because he had to go on
tour with Ratt when we were recording vocals for this song.
To Please and Give In
A classic "kid missing father/mother figure" lyric. So full of
AOR-vibes in the beginning that turns to schizophrenia. Scary... he he.
Crush That Fear
Peter had this idea to fool around with some different drum patterns on
this song. Johan and Peter woke up after a long night with wine and beer
with various riffs and vocal lines. But most of it is still there.
Ten frontman Gary Hughes is currently working hard to put
finishing touches to his forthcoming solo album entitled "Veritas",
latin word for "Truth".
new cd is taking shape in the Arena studios in Lancashire, UK and
according to Hughes, "the songs on this album are among the
strongest I have ever written in my lifetime".
"Veritas" feels like the natural successor to "Precious
Ones", Gary Hughes' last solo output dated 1998. This time around
Gary used a different array of players to enhance the diversity of the
album. "I have gone for a variety of music styles with regard to
musicians this time around", explains Gary, "drummer Dave
Ingledew and bass player Rick Stewart are currently members of British
Dark Metal band Devil To Pay, Jason Robinson is the drummer with
Alternative Metal band Absent Minds, whilst Simon Brayshaw is the bass
player with British Blues outfit Nightshift. From the Ten ranks, Chris
Francis contributes with leadwork once again and John Halliwell has
taken acoustic guitar duties as usual". Gary is playing
keyboards and caring for all the orchestrations.
"Given the long awaited nature this album and the anticipation
already beginning I have been working really hard to make this album the
best I possibly can" concludes Gary "we could be
sitting on a truly outstanding piece of product, and maybe a yardstick
for my future releases".
Frontiers Records plans to release "Veritas" in November,
with more info to be released at a later stage.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of the Finnish
Melodic Metal band LEVERAGE for a multi album deal !
Finnish Heavy Rock has of course long traditions, but this type of old
school melodic heavy rock with a shade of progressive flavour hasn't
been heard from Finnish bands before.
Leverage debut album "Tides" created a real underground
wave among the fans during 2006. Winner of the "Best Metal / Prog"
album of the year award on Melodicrock.com (and getting great reviews
all around the net), the band's music offers a variety and exciting
Melodic Metal formula with powerful vocals (courtesy of singer Pekka
Heino, also known for his stint with Brother Firetribe) and killer
"Tides" charted in Leverage home country, Finland,
reaching the general Top 30 in the first 2 weeks of release.
"This is not a boy band, a studio band, a wannabe-band, project
band or whatever fake band. Leverage is a true and honest heavy rock
band, for the love of heavy rock!": states guitarist and main
Tuomas Heikkinen and you can bet these guys are definitely
one of the musical upcoming brightest stars around.
Pekka Heino :: vocals
Tuomas Heikkinen :: guitar
Torsti Spoof :: guitar
Marko Niskala :: keyboards
Pekka Lampinen :: bass
Valtteri Revonkorpi :: drums
Check out the band listening to "Superstition",
a sample from "Tides" and judge it on your own !
spent the entire months July and August in the studio to wrap up the
follow up to "Tides". The new album will be released on
Frontiers in early 2008, with a re-release in selected
European countries on the band's monster debut album "Tides"
in mid price line with bonus tracks ! Stay tuned for more updates!
and Fabrizio Grossi have started demoing new songs for the second
FROM THE INSIDE album. This time the guys have decided to adopt
more of a songwriting union approach that has brought plenty of killer
new tracks such as "1st Century", "Listen To
Your Heart", "Push Me Off", "Telemetry",
"Making Waves", "Moment To Moment" and
"Light Years". More songs have been supplied by Joey
Carbone (Vertigo, Joseph Williams) and twins Tom and James
Martin (Ted Poley, Khymera, House of Lords).
The recording lineup this time will include Jimi Bell (House of
Lords) on guitars, Eric Ragno (Takara, Ramos) on keyboards and Pete
Lobo on drums with final mix to be handled by Dennis Ward.
Fans of the debut album can expect a top rate production and improved
songwriting. Frontiers hopes to release the album before the summer
Bassist Mat Sinner sent us his track by track comments for the
songs included on the forthcoming PRIMAL FEAR album "New
Religion" due out on September 19th on Frontiers
Records. Enjoy the insight !
SIGN OF FEAR
We wanted to create a very unusual introduction for the album: like a
metal band with a kind of orchestra tuning or like Dire Straits did with
Money For Nothing. We wanted to create a moment when people are
listening very concentrated on what comes next! Of course, we wanted to
start the album with a fast paced heavy track. All the people who
thought that Primal Fear is getting more & more a pop band should
get a kick in their butt with the first song! In my first demo version,
my own vocals were based an octave lower, but Ralf is the master of
screams and he delivered in an unbelievable way! For a part of the lead
guitar on this song, we recruited my good friend Magnus Karlsson, Ralf
gave me a lead vocal part in the Middle 8 part and we shot a video clip
for this song!
FACE THE EMPTINESS
One thing counts for sure on the new album - we worked hard as never
before on Ralf's lead vocals and overall on this album, in my view it's
by far his best performance in his entire career! Face The Emptiness
shows exactly this statement, in a sovereign manner. What a great chorus
line. Here we used the first little orchestration, conducted by me and
maestro Matz Ulmer on a basic idea by guitarist Stefan Leibing. The
rhythm of the song is very complicated and it was a tough time for Randy
and me recording the rhythm section, but it worked out great, always
with the fine ears of co-producer Charlie Bauerfeind.
EVERYTIME IT RAINS
Seventh album and again we planned to go another big step ahead with our
musical claim. What we've didn't realize in the past was indeed a duet
with a female singer. We talked with some girls in Europe about joining
us on a track for the new album and Ralf finally decided, that he wanted
to record with Simone Simons. Next was to find the right track for this
exciting new idea. We had a great time during the recordings of this
song. Ralf built up a special cabin for Simone with drinks, roses and a
candle - very nice and finally a great idea to record this track! We're
working on the idea to shoot another video clip for the song shortly! My
sincere compliments to Simone & Ralf for this great performance!
The burning tribal eagle marks the reincarnation for the band. The band
is born again, with new record company partners in the entire world and
we have Henny Wolter back in the band. Henny was always one my favourite
guitarist in his Thunderhead days. Then he played on Sinner's Bottom
Line album and he blew me away. I knew, that Ralf & Stefan are big
fans of Henny's playing and his character. We discussed a lot, who will
be the right guy for Primal Fear's future and all guys in the band
wanted Henny back! Then we split up after 6 albums with our basic record
company partners and we're looking for a new path for our future. This
all together can describe the title of the album and the resurrection of
our trademark - the eagle and this song lives by the typical Primal Fear
guitar riff which switches to a untypical harmony change in the big
chorus and a very nice breakdown part!
FIGHTING THE DARKNESS
Fighting The Darkness
This is a very important song for Primal Fear and I worked very hard
with both my brothers from Sweden, Ronny & Tobias on the song. Maybe
this is the 15th song we wrote together but the vibe of our songwriting
is still magic! You can hear a very detailed orchestration, between
power chords and silence. I still get goose bumps when I listen
carefully to the song on my headphones. Again an outstanding lead vocal
performance by Ralf and a very tasteful lead guitar solo by Stefan, but
all of the guys worked very hard on this track. For me personally it's
the best sounding track Primal Fear has ever produced and released. A
huge credit goes to mixer Ronald Prent. He worked with a lot of major
acts in his career and now we know why all this special bands like
Rammstein, Def Leppard, Manowar etc. worked with him. His feeling to
understand the music is unbelieva ble!
A lot of bands in the seventies used this kind of combination of huge
and long songs. I'm always searching for some new influences to make the
next Primal Fear record exciting and interesting, with content, which
wasn't used so many time before. I've learnt from Yes, Deep Purple, ELP,
Kansas etc. that they built up ten minute songs with different parts. We
follow the main melody of the A-Part and then moving into an halftime
part, later into a fast part as built up throughout the composition,
again with nice choirs, keyboards and orchestration! What I really like
here are the outstanding drum breaks by Randy - always creative and
played with such an enormous power! I really see a new album as a huge
musical project for myself and the band now, which is not only to write
and record 4 minute metal song. I think music overall is so special with
never ending targets and temptations!
Of course the Grande Finale of the track with a late "comeback"
of the huge chorus line and the end of our opus. Well I'm looking
forward to realize the song in our forthcoming concerts. This will be a
huge mission to bring this song on stage, but I can imagine, that it
will give a Primal Fear concert something special to include and perform
this monster song in our set!
BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS
Well, after so much sophisticated music, we need to rock - that's
exactly what we want to do on Blood On Your Hands and of course Primal
Fear style. The song is based on a fast paced killer riff from the
guitars and the dedicated and controversial lyrics. Stefan is a fan of
this kind of guitar riffs, he delivered in the past on some other PF
songs like "Fear", "Evil Spell" or "Fight The
Fire" and it is great to play these songs on stage. Great breakdown
part right before the lead guitar plays some oriental harmonies!
THE CURSE OF SHARON
Here we can listen to a lot of harmony guitars and a great Ralf idea to
singalong the melody line on top the guitars! I can already hear the
fans singing with us at the concerts - be prepared! Even this song has a
lot of different parts it feels very fluid to play and to listen to.
Nice breakdown part with very creative drumming and very cool vocal
fills. I really love the vibe and the chorus of the song. It's very
special for me and it's really great how the band played especially this
TOO MUCH TIME
.... is starting a two song package with the a back to the roots feeling
of the harmonies in Primal Fear's music and we want to bring the kind of
"Nuclear Fire" vibe back into our new album. The first song
"Too Much Time" starts with vocals J and turning into a
furious pace! Henny is playing a great duelling solo with Stefan and
we're going through a lot of emotion and different parts here! Cool
A big factor in Primal Fear's and my songwriting, was always a kind of
groove and combination between riff and steady bass guitar, like we did
on "Running In The Dust", "When The Night Comes",
"Eye Of An Eagle" etc. or what was a trademark of, for example,
Accept. The new song "Psycho" is a nice example to follow this
path of Primal Fear special groove and history in very cool quality. I'm
really excited about the great bass guitar sound and it's not easy to
push it, before the guitars are getting too low, but great executed by
Ronald! It was the first song Henny played on, since he rejoined the
WORLD ON FIRE
Well it is really nice, that we have such great songs like WOF at the
end of an album. This song could also be easily an album opener in my
view. Nice double bass drum playing by Randy and a typical Primal Fear
chorus, great harmony vocals and tasteful orchestral parts. I love the
bombastic breakdown part and again a very furious played lead guitar.
One nice little spot too, is the rhythm & lead guitar work at the
end of the song - killer! Yes, I love the track!
THE MAN (That I Don't Know)
on an idea by Stefan, "The Man." is a very special song on the
album. I have always the James Bond kind of score song vibe in my head,
when I listen to this total bombastic album closing track. Nice lyrics
about when you look into a mirror and you really don't know if it's you.
Scary J - Ralf interprets this song in an insane quality. I especially
love his vocal performance on this track. It's a kind of untamed
cannonade and I really laughed, when he killed a microphone in the
recording studio, because his vocals where so extreme loud in the chorus.
Finally the album closes with a nice bluesy outro guitar for an overall
wonderful dramatic track.