Mike Tramp And The Rock ‘n’ Roll Circuz – STAND YOUR GROUND out on double LP and digital on July 15th, 2022
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It’s cyclical. Every now and then since the 80s, AOR as a music genre has a big explosion of popularity and new bands, then gets a bit worn out by the excess of players in the scene, and then it comes back again, bigger than ever.
In the downtimes, however, there are new bands that stand out and help carrying the style, presenting it to new generations and bringing a fresh take to it. Captain Black Beard is clearly one of these bands. Like their Swedish countrymen The Night Flight Orchestra, the five-piece grew up with the classic sound of bands such as Journey and Foreigner, but found a way to take a renew approach to it, own the AOR sound in such a bossy way that it draws the attention of a whole new generation of fans.
The development of Captain Black Beard’s sound over the last ten years and several albums and singles releases made the tag “disco AOR” stick to them, as a way to describe the incredible catchy and all-round composition and sound they achieved. The ultimate expression of this “disco AOR” sound is the new Captain Black Beard album, “Neon Sunrise”, to be released this Fall via Mighty Music. Groovy drums, melodic guitars, lots of keyboards and Martin’s powerful voice to top it off will make your love for AOR – old or new – boil once again in your blood.
“Neon Sunrise” is out now on digital, CD, and LP (transparent magenta vinyl, limited to 300 units).
Christian Ek – guitar
Martin Holsner – vocals
Daniel Krakowski – guitar
Robert Majd – bass
Yngve “Vinnie” Strömberg – drums
Junkyard Drive – ELECTRIC LOVE out on CD, LP and digital on May 13th, 2022
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Blindstone is a true, old-school power trio, influenced by old giants like Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Robin Trower, Frank Marino, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. That is, we find ourselves in a place where blues rock and hard rock meet, where there is both raw strength and occasionally psychedelic high ceilings.
It’s a musical universe with the big riff at the forefront, where the music takes time, with plenty of room for improvisation, and expressive, equilibrist guitar solos of the old 70’s school.
Blindstone has nine albums in its name and has toured in a large part of Europe. Most recently, Blindstone has acted as a backing band for blues legend Walter Trout, at a number of successful concerts in Denmark.
Martin Jepsen Andersen – guitars, vocals
Jesper Vegeberg Bunk – bass
Sigurd Jøhnk-Jensen – drums
Heidra – TO HELL OR KINGDOM COME out on CD, LP and digital on April 8th, 2022
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Vanir – SAGAS out on CD, LTD LP & digital on March 11th, 2022
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Out on LP (transparent gold, transparent silver and black vinyls, each limited to 100 units) on December 24th 2021.
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