Scandinavia’s finest secret THE MAGNIFICENT is unleashed to the unsuspecting Melodic Rock crowd !
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the self-titled debut album from THE MAGNIFICENT on November 4th in Europe and November 1st in North America.
With Scandinavia becoming more and more the promised land for quality Melodic Rock bands, it was just natural that Frontiers would dig deep in the scene to find and expose the best new talents around. Then imagine if two of the most gifted guys from the Prog Metal scene in two different Scandinavian countries decided to join forces in a monumental new band project. The result should be nothing but stunning right? Then get this: Circus Maximus singer extraordinaire Michael Eriksen from Norway and Finnish producer/guitarist Torsti Spoof (of Leverage fame) have decided to join forces together in a new Melodic Rock band aptly called The Magnificent.
With the help of musicians including Rolf Pilve on drums, Sami Norbacka on bass and Jukka Karinen on keyboards, The Magnificent offer a monster Melodic Rock album, a record melting the contemporary sound of Brother Firetribe and classic Europe, with obvious hints to the fathers of the genre: Journey and Foreigner.
Songwriting contributions also come from Pekka Heino (Brother Firetribe, Leverage), Tomppa Nikulainen (Brother Firetribe), Tuomas Heikkinen (Leverage), Mats Haugen (Circus Maximus), Kimmo Blom (Urban Tale) and others.
Torsti Spoof said: “A lot of my musical influences come from the 80`s and I always wanted to make an album in that spirit. Now the dream has came true! This one was truly a joyride. Great musicians, songwriters and an AMAZING Michael Eriksen! I think together we`ve made a perfect blend of the old school songwriting with a big up to date sound”
Michael Eriksen added “I grew up in the 80`s and with this album the 80`s are BACK ! Working together with Torsti has been a privilege and I believe together we have created a rock album that will apply to all fans of rock music out there. So turn up the volume and enjoy!”
The resulting debut album oozes class, stunning melodies and fabulous arrangements. Eriksen’s powerful vocals perfectly complement the spectacular musical landscape created by Spoof and his cohorts. “The Magnificent” is an album that screams for the attention of all Melodic Rock fans.
“The Magnificent” includes the following tracks:
“Cheated By Love” can be listened in full on the Frontiers webradio on www.frontiers.it/webradio
Lead and Background Vocals: Michael Eriksen
Lead Guitars, Keyboards and Background Vocals: Torsti Spoof
Drums: Rolf Pilve
Bass: Sami Norbacka
Keyboards: Jukka Karinen
Backing vocals: Antony Parviainen
Memories: Guitar, Bass, Keyboards : Mats Haugen / Drums : Tommy Jacksonville
Satin & Lace, Bullets, Harvest Moon: Guitars: Tuomas Heikkinen
Tired of Dreaming: Bass: Torsti Spoof
I have been meaning to check out the band Status Quo for years. The thing I love about music, and Hard Rock Hideout is we are always discovering new bands. Occasionally, we discover a few of the older ones too. I embarrassed to say that Quid Pro Quo is the first release I have checked out from Status Quo. With 29 albums and over 4 decades of music under their belt, I have a lot of catching up to do!
Quid Pro Quo’s opening number “Rock ‘n’ Roll ‘n’ You” is a fun number that reminds me a of a cross between Cheap Trick and the Doobie Brothers. It is a upbeat tune, and does a good job to set the mood for the songs to come. In fact, if you like the opening numbers, “Rock ‘n’ Roll ‘n’ You” and “Two Way Traffic” (See video below), you will have a pretty good idea as to what to expect with Quid Pro Quo. This album is packed full of upbeat rockers, and has a very uplifting feel to it. The album could have used a little more song variety to break up the pace, but it is a highly enjoyable album overall.
Some of favorite songs on Quid Pro Quo include “Two Way Traffic”, “Let’s Rock”, “Leave a Little Light On”, “The Winner” and “My Old Ways”. I also enjoyed Status Quo’s re-recorded cover of “In the Army Now”. This was a good tune to close the album out with.
Is Quid Pro Quo worth checking out? Yes, absolutely!!! My only regret is that I haven’t been exposed to Status Quo’s kick ass brand of boogie rock sooner.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Rock ‘n’ Roll ‘n’ You
2. Two Way Traffic
3. Let’s Rock
4. Dust to Gold
5. Can’t See For Looking
6. Better Than That
7. Movin’ On
8. Leave A Little Light On
9. Anyway You Like It
10. Reality Cheque
11. Frozen Hero
12. The Winner
13. It’s All About You
14. My Old Ways
15. In The Army Now (2010)
Status Quo is:
Francis Rossi – Vocals & lead guitar
Rick Parfitt – Vocals & guitar
John Edwards – Bass & vocals
Andy Bown – Keyboards
Matt Letley – Drums
Five Finger Death Punch has released a brand new video “Under And Over It” in support of their new album, American Capitalist, which is due out October 11th. Check it out!!
Following the announcement of TRACER’S debut album “Spaces In Between,” released on October 3rd, the Australian power rockers have today premiered the video for new single ‘Too Much’ on YouTube.
Check out the video here – .
‘Too Much’, described as an exploding fireball of kinetic stoner rock energy, is also available as a FREE MP3 download from Soundcloud here – http://snd.sc/qmACkA
Hailing from Adelaide, Southern Australia, TRACER will be in the UK in October as special guest on Royal Republic’s “We Are The Royal” European tour. The UK leg kicks off at the Sheffield Corporation on Monday October 24th. For further info about the video, free MP3 download, the debut album and UK tour dates, click here – www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/tracer/album.htm.
Tickets are $15.00 (USD) for each user and are on sale NOW!
Band website: www.Tyketto.de
Tyketto Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=401625990701