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JAKOB SAMUEL (The Poodles, Kryptonite) – CoExist [Japanese Edition +1] (2021) *EXCLUSIVE*

The Poodles, Kryptonite and other projects singer JAKOB SAMUEL just released his new solo album “CoExist” in Japan via Marquee / Avalon including an exclusive bonus track. Release date for the rest of the world still is uncertain.
What it isn’t uncertain is Samuel’s taste for a good melody and catchy melodies. While his first solo album was some kind introspective and delicate in sound, “CoExist” is a full-on rocker with a bright production in the style of current wave of Scandinavian melodic hard rock.
And this Japanese edition worth the price as the exclusive bonus track is one of the best in the album, with a classy midtempo AOR feeling.
HIGHLY Recommended

DOUG BRONS – Audio 1985 (2021) *0dayrox EXCLUSIVE*

We are presenting in exclusive at 0dayrox the new album by DOUG BRONS released today, “Audio 1985“. Just check its title ; it speaks for itself. Just check the cover artwork ; it’s pure 1985, isn’t it?
With “Audio 1985” Doug Brons took pleasure in paying homage to the music of this golden era by offering us 11 new songs inspired by artists such as Toto, Michael Sembello, Foreigner, John Farnham, Mr Mister, John Parr, etc. Doug’s smooth voice is brilliantly accompanied by top class musicians and a crisp production.
Doug says: “Audio 1985 will take you back to when life was simple, boom boxes ruled the world, and the MUSIC WAS AWESOME!!!”
And indeed this recording captures the mid-Eighties atmosphere, from arrangements to the drum sound, that guitar effects, the layered harmonies… this is a little gem.
Only at 0dayrox, your ’80s culture #1 source on the net…

ROCKBORN (last Michael Wagener production ever) – Born To Rock (2020)

ROCKBORN formed 2018 with the intention to bring back classic female fronted hard rock to the fore, respecting the traditional sound of the genre. Well, they did it on debut CD properly titled “Born To Rock“. Singer Lu Reid has a terrific voice and she puts on a vocal clinic on these songs, while the musicianship displayed by guitarist John Lyell, bassist Dino Serna and drummer Gary Gabaldon is also very impressive.
The production is almost flawless and you would expect nothing but at this point from one of the most renowned producers from the ’80s era — Michael Wagener. As it turns out, this might be one of the last albums that Wagener produced or at least was involved so extensively since the maestro has decided to retire after a mere 50 years in the music business.
Not only did Wagener produce Rockborn‘s debut album ”Born To Rock” but he also recorded, mixed and mastered it as well…

JUDAS PRIEST – Ram It Down +2 [Sony Japan Metal Gods series remastered reissue]

A couple months ago we featured here JUDAS PRIEST most relevant albums in its Japanese pressings / remastered edition. And many of you asked for their other ’80s underrated LP, “Ram It Down“, including 2 bonus tracks.
When Judas Priest released their 11th album, ”Ram It Down”, on May 17, 1988, few people outside of the band’s inner circle had an inkling that the storied British metal institution was standing at a crossroads. The band’s previous record, 1986’s Turbo, was as successful as it was divisive, simultaneously broadening Priest’s audience and alienating fans of the band’s older, heavier style with its wholesale adoption of synth guitars and other pop-metal trappings.
Produced by expert Tom Allom, ”Ram It Down” reflected Judas Priest’s tougher and more aggressive side, still with a second half of the ’80s sound…

BLUE MOUNTAIN SWE – One (2021)

BLUE MOUNTAIN SWE is the new fantastic melodic rock / AOR collaboration between vocalist Hans Birger Andersson (Fatal Smile, Token, et all) and members of the band Angeline.
All songs on their debut ”One” were composed by Anderson and Angeline’s Joachim Nilsson, obviously having the feeling from their own bands, but the aim was to obtain the sound from the classic Scandinavian era from the genre too.
And they did it, delivering a bright, fresh collection of melodic tunes. Andersson is a terrific vocalist, and here performs with passion the musical style he loves. There’s a sense of joyfulness all over the recording, and it’s palpable the guys really enjoyed working on this project.
This is classy Scandi stuff highly recommended for fans of the genre. Opener ‘A Little Bit’ is a catchy, groovy melodic rocker with a bouncy rhythm, soaring vocals and …

PRISCILLA – High Fashion +6 [digitally remastered] (2021) *0dayrox EXCLUSIVE*

FnA Records just reissued PRISCILLA‘s ”High Fashion”, a collection of ’80s recordings by the American band originally released in 2010 cleaned & remastered, now with the addition of 6 previously unreleased tracks.
Many of the songs here would have been scorching hits during the glam / hair metal heyday if PRISCILLA had better luck. Picture a slightly heavier version of hair legends Poison and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what Priscilla is all about. It was the late ’80s when Priscilla made waves with their “Wake Up the Neighborhood” single, followed by opening slots for Hericane Alice and Pretty Boy Floyd.
The sound on “High Fashion +6” quality varies quite a bit, however for the most part is really good. Half of these were professionally produced by Sean Beavan, who later made a name for himself working for both Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson.
Priscilla is the polar opposite of those bands however, sticking to party-hardy hair metal plenty of hooks.
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FLEETWOOD MAC – Greatest Hits [Japanese SHM-CD Remastered] (2017)

Warner Music Japan has on SHM-CD FLEETWOOD MAC‘s “Greatest Hits“. Now remastered in all its glory, the excellent compilation perfectly covers the period of the band’s greatest commercial success, from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s.
Originally appeared in 1988, the album has proven to be a major success since the time of its release. It peaked at No. 14 in the US album chart, sold steadily over the years and has to date been certified 8x platinum for shipping 8 million copies there.
In the UK it reached No. 3 upon release and has returned several times to the UK album chart. It’s just a hit after hit.
In both the US and the UK, the album has returned to the charts as recently it has been reissued, also in Japan as well, as said, on this wonderful sounding SHM-CD.

STEVE EMM – First Strike (2021)

After many past and present collaborations with bands in the Milan area, last year talented multi-instrumentalist STEVE EMM (aka Stefano Mainini) decided to start his own Melodic Rock/AOR project, simply called after his name.
A demo EP immediately caught the attention of STEELHEART Records – the specialized label which releases the ‘Lost Jewels’ series – that offered Steve the chance to complete a full-length album.
The result is simply amazing: 10 incredible songs, written, performed and sang out in the vein of the legendary era of the genre, with clear references to bands like Signal, Lion, King Cobra, Fortune, Icon and Streets.
The debut-album, “First Strike”, is an homage to a sound that has been part of Steve’s life since his youth and that still is in the hearts of many: classy Melodic Rock / AOR.

SEVENTH CRYSTAL – Delirium (2021)

Released by Frontiers Music tomorrow, “Delirium” is SEVENTH CRYSTAL‘s debut album, a stunning new rock band from the fertile Swedish music scene put together by singer Kristian Fyhr (Perpetual Etude).
Initially, Kristian wanted to pursue a solo project. but when the songs started to take form, he realized he wanted to involve more musicians. So, he moved to vocals only and brought in Johan Älvsång (Pinstripe Conspiracy, Lamashtu) on keyboards/piano and Olof Gadd (Osukaru) on bass as the first key pieces, and then recruited Anton Roos on drums and Emil Dornerus on guitar to complete the line-up.
Seventh Crystal’s music can best be described as arena rock with melodic rock influences. If you love the new wave of Scandinavian hard rock embodied by bands such as One Desire, H.E.A.T, Brother Firetribe, etc who bring a huge sense of melody to modern melodic hard rock, then this band is going to be right up your alley.
One of the best debuts of the year!

LEVARA (feat Trev Lukather & Steve Perry) – Levara (2021)

LEVARA is a three-piece rock band with some serious rock and roll resumes. Guitarist Trev Lukather is the son of Steve Lukather of Toto fame, while drummer Josh Devine was a globe-trotting superstar with the pop group One Direction. Vocalist Jules Galli, meanwhile, has developed a dedicated audience around the world with his powerhouse vocals and dynamic stage presence.
Together, they’re budding superstars with a uniquely magnetic appeal, and they’re gearing up to release their debut self-titled album “Levara” on May 14, where ex-Journey singer Steve Perry has lent his talents on backing vocals.
Lukather & Devine said; “We all love classic rock, but we wanted to pay homage to it with a modern twist. Where’s the rock on the radio? Where’s the music we grew up loving? Where’s the guitar?” Trev Lukather urges, “We bring the feel-good anthems filled with emotion, tension and groove. Providing…

FROST* – Day And Age [Limited 2-CD Edition] (2021)

Melodic progsters FROST* have always presented a unique blend of startling musicianship, gigantic production and inimitable sound. Their upcoming albums ”Day And Age” is a cohesion of all these attributes, and is perhaps the first studio album to so openly exploit the band’s deep sense of irony.
Fronted by co-founders Jem Godfrey and John Mitchell, and supported by the stupendous Nathan King (Level 42) on bass, the band currently does not have a dedicated drummer but continues their legacy of playing with some of the best in the business: Pat Mastelotto (Mr. Mister, King Crimson), Kaz Rodriguez (Chaka Khan) and Darby Todd (The Darkness).
Musically, this is a blend of wonderful sonics ranging from Asia, Saga, Marillion, Peter Gabriel Genesis, ’80s Daivid Gilmour’s Pink Floyd to Sons Of Apollo. The title track alone worth this terrific release, and if you need to enjoy the impressive instrumental versions, grab this Limited 2-CD Edition.
HIGHLY Recommended

KIKIMORA – Dirty Nails (2021)

Founded by Brazen Abbot’s virtuoso guitarist Nikolo Kotzev in 2011, KIKIMORA is releasing tomorrow their international debut ”Dirty Nails”.
The name of the band comes from an ancient evil spirit in the Slavic mythology. Nikolo’s idea was to write new songs in his native Bulgarian language, focusing on live performances on local ground. Soon the band took a leading position on the Bulgarian rock scene, releasing an album enjoying quite a large media attention and made many appearances on TV and radio shows backed up guest singers like Joe Lynn Turner, Doogie White and Jörn Lande.
In late 2019 Nikolo began building a recording studio, and shortly after a decision to make to record in English language was set. The end result is explosive; “‘Dirty Nails” combines classic Deep Purple, Rainbow, Dio, etc, with a modern sheen and powerful production…

SUNBOMB – Evil And Divine (2021)

SUNBOMB is a highly anticipated new musical alliance between two steadfast warriors of the U.S. hard rock/metal scene, Tracii Guns and Stryper vocalist Michael Sweet. They have put together an absolute blinder of a metal album, melding influences of classic acts such as Black Sabbath and Judas Priest with Tracii’s love of metal subgenres.
Drums on the album were handled by Tracii’s old L.A. Guns bandmate Adam Hamilton and bass was handled by Mitch Davis, with the exception of the track ‘They Fought’, which features current L.A. Guns bassist Johnny Martin.
The music style on the record is much heavier than what one would expect from these two musicians and is firmly planted in the ‘metal’ category.
While Tracii wrote the music for the album, the fact that Michael Sweet has been writing in an increasingly heavier style on latter era Stryper albums made him a very logical choice to sing for the band.

DAN BAUNE’s LOST SANCTUARY – Lost Sanctuary (2020)

Lost Sanctuary” is the long-awaited debut solo endeavour of Monument guitarist Dan Baune, a project named DAN BAUNE’s LOST SANCTUARY. Together with trusted friend and power-house drummer Sebastian Weiss, Dan greatly expands upon his NWoBHM roots and has written an album that is both extremely heavy and intensely melodic, showcasing his love for classic metal.
Dan covers guitar &d bass duties on the entire album, as well as lead vocals on some songs. The concoction is completed by a number of acclaimed guest vocalists, such as Doogie White (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker), Herbie Langhans (Firewind, Avantasia), Rasmus Andersen (Diamond Head), Matt Mitchell (Furyon), Jennifer Diehl (Fire Red Empress), as well as two guest soloists, Bob Katsionis (ex-Firewind, Outloud) on keys and Chris Webb (Solsikk, Biomechanical) on guitar…

MYLES KENNEDY – The Ides Of March (2021)

Singer / instrumentalist MYLES KENNEDY (Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Alter Bridge) proves that tumultuous downtime can spark creative genius with ”The Ides Of March” – the long-anticipated full-length follow up to his 2018 solo debut, Year Of The Tiger.
”The Ides Of March” once again showcases the organic side of Kennedy’s musical spectrum and one-of-a-kind voice, but while bright inclusions of lap steel and mandolin have replaced some of the pummeling kick drum and electric riffage his other renowned projects are known for, each of its offerings maintain the same steadfast energy that never relents.
Fluxing between heritage rock outcries featuring Jimmy Page-worthy solos, and stripped-down, bluesy beckonings, the album manifests as an uplifting refresher arriving when society needs it most. Lyrically, the album’s 11 unique offerings embrace all listeners, championing themes of unity and solidarity over separation and spite, allowing the sonic warmth of each track to stand out…