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Lars Eric Mattsson releases "Hot and Able 1983-85 on June 20 through ITunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify and other digital outlets.

The influences of Deep Purple, Rainbow etc are never far away while neoclassical and progressive influences add spice to some of the more straight ahead rock material on this release which arguably is Lars best sounding album to date. These songs represent Lars’ first serious compositions made for and originally performed by his band at the time, ”Joe Cool” which originally featured a female singer, later a male one when the band started adaping a more straight ahead hard rock style. A few minor updates to the lyrics and music were made during the recording but mostly this is what they were like originally. Original drummer Olle Sjöstrand’s fine ideas have remained as an inspiration throughout the years.

Some of the songs on Lars’ debut album ”Eternity” were take from this period though most of that album and the following ”No Surrender” were written very fast in the studio while making those album and it is quite likely that these songs are superior having been road tested and developed over time while Lars was sick of them at the time and preferred not to include them on his debut and the following album. Lars recalls that going back to these songs was a decision made alrealy 6 years ago, but time did not permit this to happen sooner. So here they are, 30 years later! The lyrics are not always to be taken too seriously while some of them had to be editied for this release. The song ”Takes One Fool” written in 1983 originally suggested that we world would go under in 1984.

More info on Lars Eric Mattsson can be found at: www.larsericmattsson.com

Randy Coven 1960-2014 R.I.P.
 


We are deeply saddened and shocked over the sudden death of bass virtuoso Randy Coven. He will be missed deeply!
Randy played with Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Mountain, Leslie West and many others. We, here at Lion Music had the great pleasure of releasing two of his finest acheievements in the two MCM albums he did with Alex Masi and John Macaluso but that is just a small fraction of his achievements.

 



 

Italian metallers THE MOOR have just released he official video for the song "YEAR OF THE HUNGER" taken from their album of the same name which saw release a year ago on Lion Music.

The video is in reality a short film starring premium Italian actor GUIDO LAURJNI and is viewable at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGo4EMhq0sc

Vocalist /Guitarist of The Moor Enrico Longhin (and director of the short film together with Andrea Livieri and Alberto Businari), says:  "We shot the video exactly one year after the release date of the album “Year of The Hunger”, and this video represents what everyone of us is forced to do everyday... It's a metaphor about life and struggle. The best thing was to work with such a great artist like Guido Laurjini, he acted in several famous Italian movies, theatres, musical and also TV commercials, he's a really eye-catching actor. On the other hand we had the pleasure to work with one of the best photographer around, Andrea Livieri, just to give you the best result we can afford, like The Moor does every time."

More info on The Moor can be found at: www.themoor.org

 



 

Lion Music is pleased to unveil a video for the track “Huldra” taken from “Pictures From A Time Traveller”, the incredible debut instrumental album from guitar-master Marcus Jidell (Avatarium, ex Evergrey, ex Royal Hunt).

View the video now at http://youtu.be/b9f-oDns1Yc 

Marcus wanted something a little different to the thousands of “mimed” guitar videos out there and with the help of video producers Steff Granström and Andreas Hillerborg came up with a video which both manages to deliver the feel of this particular track but also give fans something new.

Jidell has the following to say about the video: "To catch a different vibe I brought a mobile studio and a Marshall stack to the country side one early morning in November where we recorded and filmed a one take of “Huldra”. I didn't want the regular "mimed" video thing so I just played it once again, I wanted it to be raw and honest and to show how I improvise around themes when playing guitar live. I think that we captured the spirit of the song both playing wise and with the way it was filmed and I hope people who see this will think the same."

Lion Music and Marcus would like to say a big thank you Steff Granström and Andreas Hillerborg for making this video and I also want to thank Martin "E-type" Eriksson for providing the location and Sigge Viking for assistance .

“Pictures From A Time Traveller” is out now on Lion Music with full album info (plus online ordering links) at http://lionmusic.com/cd/timetraveller.htm 

 



Both CONDITION RED albums will see digital reissue with new much improved mixing in 2014 with release dates as follows:

Condition Red (first album) : January 15 2014
II - March 20, 2014.


The self-titled debut album will also see new cover artwork.

Musicians performing on "Condition Red" include Lars Eric Mattsson (Guitar+Bass), Alex Masi (Guitar), Derek Sherinian (Key solos), Ella Grussner (Vox), Torgny Stjärnfelt (Vox), Esa Pietilä (Sax), Alexander King (Keys), Eddie Sledgehammer (Drums), Örjan Sjöström (B Vox)...



Lion Music is pleased to announce the release of “Motion Control” from UK guitarist Edward Box on 24 November 2013.

This exciting 21 track digital only release sees Box’s previous solo albums - 2002’s “Plectrumhead” and 2005’s “Moonfudge” - packaged together and get a 2013 makeover.

With the advent of time and better technology "Motion Control" sees Edward going back to the masters and making improvements where he felt necessary. These improvements range from better overall sound to new rhythm guitar tracks on a number of songs and even new lead breaks on others!

“Motion Control” sees Box delivers a multitude of rock styles, from all out rock to tender melodic ballads. All of which are strong backdrops to Box’s melodic lead breaks. Edward is also renowned for having superb phrasing all topped off with a very soulful vibrato that make him stand out from the pack and fans of first class guitar work will find plenty to enjoy on ‘Motion Control’.

Listen to samples of all 21 tracks and pre-order now @ https://itunes.apple.com/album/motion-control/id701205830




Swedish progressive metal sensations Seventh Wonder are set to appear at the prestigious ProgPowerUSA Festival in 2014. To celebrate this landmark appearance the band will be performing their third album “Mercy Falls” in its entirety for the first and last time! With tickets already 80% sold for the event don’t miss out, visit http://progpowerusa.com for full info.



Due to public demand and great reviews, the until now digital only release Anton Johansson's Galahad Suite has been released as a strictly limited edition CD of only 300 copies at the www.galahadsuite.com website.

The album also boasts notable guest performances by guitarists Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen, Freak Guitar), Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Allen/Lande, Starbreaker), Jonas Hansson (Silver Mountain), Dennis Post (Star*Rats) and Magnus Kristensson (Mister Kite, Planet); along with keyboards by Jens Johansson (Stratovarius, Yngwie Malmsteen, Dio) and Lalle Larsson (Karmakanic, Agents of Mercy, Electrocution 250) and additional vocals by Alf Wemmenlind (Mister Kite, Fifty Grand Suicide)





Taken from his current digital only release "Epicentre", Lars Eric Mattsson has made the track "A New Devil" available now at https://soundcloud.com/lars-eric-mattsson/a-new-devil

Full information on the album can be found at http://lionmusic.com/cd/epicentre.htm

 




ASHENT have just released the promotional video for the track "SHIPWRECKED AFFAIR". The song is taken from the progressive metal outfit's latest effort "INHERITANCE" which saw release on Lion Music in 2012.

Watch the clip at http://youtu.be/ybn3NYxYvkU

The video clip has been recorded in VENICE by Francesco Sogaro and Valeria Pizzy Battain, and it features the appearance of Enrico Ukka Longhin from Italian label mates The Moor.

In addition "SHIPWRECKED AFFAIR", along with the song "FRACTURAL", is featured on the soundtrack of the independent movie "Back From Hell" (aka Ex Inferis), produced by The Talking Tree and distributed worldwide by Opus Distribution (2011) and by Inception Media Group in USA.

 




Finnish rockers GRONHÖLM has just unveiled the promotional video for track "HAUNTED EYES", the track is taken from and marks the third promo video for their second release "SILENT OUT LOUD" which saw release on Lion Music in 2011.

Grönholm the band is built around the song writing skills of Mika Grönholm (guitar, bass and keyboards) with vocals by Markku Kuikka (Status Minor / The Ragged Saints / Kenziner) and drums from Tom Rask (Kenziner).

‘Silent Out Loud’ is home to 10 tracks full of infectious vocal melodies over dynamic musical backdrop and is an impressive collection of song craft all topped off with a powerful production and mix.

Watch the clip at http://youtu.be/yiBqNngcZBA

 

 



 

Progressive Metal outfit OPPOSING MOTION have just unveiled their debut promotional video from the album for the track “Forever’s Edge” taken from their debut album “Laws Of Motion” (out now on Lion Music). The video, directed by Quentin Herlemont, was shot in a 19th century painter studio and features a complex storyline in the tradition of music greats.

Watch the “Forever’s Edge” video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ssXcwKXZR0

Opposing Motion’s sound stems from varied influences from the heavy and prog metal genres but always focus first and foremost on melodies, then layering more creative, technical breaks and sections to take the listener through an exciting and intriguing journey.

Full information on the “Laws Of Motion” album can be found at www.lionmusic.com/cd/lawsofmotion.htm 

 



Lion Music is pleased to announce preliminary details of the upcoming release “Motion Control” from UK guitarist Edward Box set for release in November 2013.

This exciting 21 track digital only release sees Box’s previous solo albums - 2002’s “Plectrumhead” and 2005’s “Moonfudge” - packaged together and get a 2013 makeover thanks to Edward going back to the masters and making improvements where he felt necessary. These improvements range from better overall sound to new rhythm guitar tracks on a number of songs and even new lead breaks on others.

Renowned as one of the tastiest traditional metal guitarists to have come out of the UK in recent years, and known for his work with traditional metal outfit VENDETTA, Edward Box has honed an exemplary style of play built around the influence of Michael Schenker, George Lynch, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani etc. Whilst many are happy to deliver smoking solos and not much else, Edward has made sure he has a stellar musical backdrop over which he delivers his guitar thrills.

“Motion Control” sees Box delivers a multitude of rock styles, and sees aggressive passages blend with melodic lead breaks all topped off with a very soulful vibrato make him stand out from the pack.

Full details coming soon.



 

Marking the 23rd album of his career, Lars Eric Mattsson returns with 18 new compositions on his most personal album to date entitled ‘Epicentre’  due for release (digital only) on 20 September 2013 via Lion Music.

‘Epiecentre’ shows where Lars Eric Mattsson is in 2013. With a vast repertoire of music under his belt, whether under his own name, Mattsson, Book Of Reflections, Vision, Condition Red or Astral Groove, this new release sees Lars handle almost every aspect himself with the exception of drums by Christer Jansson.

Full information - www.lionmusic.com/cd/epicentre.htm

PRE-ORDER NOW
iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/album/epicentre/id688168772
Amazon USA - www.amazon.com/Epicentre/dp/B00EKN8CAS/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377215583
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Amazon Germany - www.amazon.de/Epicentre/dp/B00EKQC9T0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377215641



Progressive metal outfit Ashent have just finished filming the video for “Shipwrecked Affair”.  Taken from their current critically acclaimed “Inheritance” album; the video marks the second promotional video from "Inheritance" following on from “Magnification Of A Daydream” which saw release in 2012 (viewable at http://youtu.be/LhZYP2Kcwyk).



The upcoming clip features a guest appearance in an acting role from Enrico ‘Ukka’ Longhin of Lion Music label mates The Moor. The video is about to commence editing and post production with an anticipated release in August/September 2013.

In the meantime get the full info of “Inheritance” at www.lionmusic.com/cd/inheritance.htm

 




Mister Kite bassist Anton Johansson has regrettably informed us of the following news.

It is with great sorrow and sadness in our hearts we bring you the news that Magnus Kristensson, guitarist of Mister Kite has left us.

He had struggled a long time and finally lost the fight against cancer on June 10th.

Our thoughts goes to his family and especially his little daughter.

We've posted a short clip with Magnus as we want him to be remembered at www.misterkite.com

Lion Music extend their deepest sincere condolences to the Kristensson family.

 


   

Lion Music are delighted to announce the forthcoming release of “Pictures From A Time Traveller”, the incredible debut instrumental album from Evergrey guitar-master Marcus Jidell.

Featuring 7 tracks of outstanding, diverse and top shelf virtuoso guitar excellence “Pictures From A Time Traveller” gets its digital release on 16 August 2013 via Lion Music.

Marcus Jidell is one of the most respected metal guitarists to have come out of Sweden since Yngwie Malmsteen. With a guitar style that has won him universal acclaim, Marcus is a current member of one of Sweden’s biggest and hardest touring metal acts Evergrey, and has previously worked with prog-metallers Royal Hunt.

Marcus has a very personalised sound, extremely heavy at one end, yet extremely melodic at the other, all the time with a superb feel for phrasing and originality of song craft, and its these traits which are evident throughout “Pictures From A Time Traveller”.

 

A sampler mp3 can be heard now at Soundcloud http://snd.sc/14xw3aM 

Full details and pre-order links coming shortly.
 



Progressive metal outfit Opposing Motion are in the editing phase for their upcoming promotional video to the track “Forever’s Edge” taken from their “Laws Of Motion” album which saw release in May on Lion Music. Look out for special launch details of the new video soon.

In related news Opposing Motion have been creating quite a storm on the progressive metal networks with “Laws Of Motion” picking up some excellent reviews and scores. Here is just a taste:

Laws of Motion” is an excellent work, musicians have done a great work and created a real jewel. All fans of Progressive Power Metal must have it!
My Global Mind

Good quality on the Lion Music label is common, but Opposing Motion is one of the better bands in my opinion because this band shows a daring spirit.
Lords of Metal

Opposing Motion's full length debut Laws of Motion is a dense album of progressive metal marked by layers of riffage and orchestration, but also moments endearing subtly.
Danger Dog

Opposing Motion have a good grasp of injecting the right amount of hooks amidst their progressive volleys. Worth investigating if you want something a little more metallic than pure technical overload.
Imhotep

Laws Of Motion is a gripping introduction to the songs of this capable four piece metal group
Sea of Tranquility

Laws of Motion is a technical and demanding album, full of good ideas and melodies. Sparing very catchy parts on one side and the other techniques, it never falls into the trap of a cold and disembodied music.
Les Eternels

This is definitely intelligent metal and you get the impression is all comes sickeningly easily for the band such is the confidence displayed in the material.
Virtuosity One

For Full information on Laws Of Motion visit the promo page @ www.lionmusic.com/cd/lawsofmotion.htm  for sampler mp3 and online ordering links.
 



Spanish melodic hard rockers Airless have been confirmed as headliners on the Mark Reale stage at this years Leyendas Del Rock Festival in Vilenna, Spain.  The festival runs from 8-10 August with Airless bringing the Mark Reale stage to a close on the final day.

Airless recently released their fourth album entitled "Changes" which has been picking up strong reviews from press and fans alike.  Full details on the album at www.lionmusic.com/cd/changes.htm
 



With the digital-only release of his fourth solo album "Personalities" only days away, Italian guitarist Simone Fiorletta has unveiled a performance video for the track "Thirty" taken from his new release.  View the video now at http://youtu.be/vZ7X-dBHLWo

Personalities can be ordered now on iTunes @ https://itunes.apple.com/album/personalities/id639133032

 In addition Simone is delighted to announce he now an official endorsee of Blackstar Amplifiers on whose products he says "After many years of research, I've finally found the real sound."

Full details on Simone Fiorletta - Personalities can be found at www.lionmusic.com/cd/personalities.htm

 



Lion Music are pleased to announce the signing of HEADLESS, a metal band that sees Italian guitarists Walter Cianciusi and Dario Parente teaming up with one of Europe's premier rock vocalists in Goran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) and a drum legend in Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche).

The forthcoming album "Growing Apart" sees 10 songs shaped around the classy drumming of Scott Rockenfield and melodic vocals of Goran Edman which fuse hard rock and heavy metal with progressive elements.

"Growing Apart" gets its digital release through Lion Music on 7th June 2013.

Full release details to follow shortly.
 



Following on from the recent success of "Inheritance" the latest release from Italian progressive metal outfit ASHENT, Lion Music are pleased to offer up a timely reissue of the bands long out of print 2006 debut album "Flaws Of Elation". In addition this new print comes with all new artwork and the additional bonus of the bands very first ultra rare 2003 4 track demo!

"Flaws Of Elation" is a prog-power experience with some modern techno-thrash influences which are reflected in the way Ashent arrange and play guitars and drums. There are also some death metal references, in the mode the band use growling as backing vocals that have their importance in the economy of Ashent’s sound, wisely mixed with a modern prog attitude that uses avant-garde and gothic elements in order to create intense and dramatic music. The atmosphere is very dark, but the vocals of American vocalist Steve Braun are extremely melodic, supported by some beautiful orchestrations.

A video presentation with music and interview from the band can be viewed now at http://youtu.be/4j4XviuwKL0

The track Mhysteric can be heard in full now at Soundcloud via http://snd.sc/10zIZd4 

TRACK LISTING
01. Flaws of Men
02. Mhysteric
03. Awakened’s transitions
04. Fallen Angel
05. Illusory
06. Silent Remedy
07. Anaemic Ardency
08. Persistence of Frailty
09. A Puzzled Sentiment
10. Eden
11. Awakened’s transitions (demo 2003)
12. Fallen Angel (demo 2003)
13. Anaemic Ardency (demo 2003)
14. Eden (demo 2003)

Full album info can be found at www.lionmusic.com/cd/flawsofelation.htm

 



 

Italian metallers Mastercastle return on 19 April 2013 with the red hot new album “On Fire” released through Lion Music.

Home to 9 tracks of melodic heavy metal with neo-classical influences, Mastercastle have been honing their trademark sound since their debut “The Phoenix” (2009) and refining it through “Last Desire” (2010) and “Dangerous Diamonds” (2011). Led by the powerful vocals of Giorgia Gueglio, the virtuoso guitar of Pier Gonella and the driven bass lines of Steve Vawamas, “On Fire” marks the bands first release with one of the metal world’s most respected drummers behind the kit, one John Macaluso (Ark, Yngwie Malmsteen, and James LaBrie). Macaluso’s addition has given the band a kick up the proverbial backside taking their unique brand of metal to an even higher plateau.

On the band’s newest member Pier Gonella comments, "John gave us great energy because from the first time he heard our music he was really impressed. He participated in the composing process of “On Fire” and his vast experience was a great help for the albums production as well".

To give fans a taste of the upcoming album a promotional video has been produced for the track “Chains” and is streaming now at http://youtu.be/eETgaC6IeJ0

  

"On Fire" is home to the following tracks:

01 – Silver Eyes.
02 – Chains.
03 – Platinum.
04 – Quicksilver.
05 – Gold Violet.
06 – The Final Battle (instrumental).
07 – Leaden Roads.
08 – Titanium Wings.
09 – Almost a Fantasy (instrumental).


Full album information and pre-ordering link can be found at www.lionmusic.com/cd/onfire.htm 

 



DOCKER'S GUILD have just released the much anticipated short film for "Darwin's Tears", taken from the bands critically acclaimed 2012 debut release "The Mystic Technocracy Part 1: The Age Of Innocence".

The 10 minute short film for "Darwin's Tears", shot and produced by Silos Production (the same team that produced 011 by Therion) was film in black and white in the style of 1920's German Expressionism and movie serials of that time, and represents a video concept unlike any other seen before in a rock setting.

The "Darwin's Tears" short film is available worldwide via YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqXuW74y19c



Further information on the band can be found at:

Docker's Guild Official YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/dockersguild
Docker's Guild Official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/dockersguild
Docker's Guild Official ReverbNation Page: http://www.reverbnation.com/dockersguild

Buy the album from Lion Music: http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/mystictechnocracy.htm
Buy the album on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mystic-technocracy-seaon-1/id53754348 1
 



Lion Music are proud to announce the addition of ANTON JOHANSSON’S GALAHAD SUITE to the label’s roster for the release of the epic “Galahad Suite”.

With a sound that runs across progressive rock/metal, melodic and hard rock grounds with equal measure, “Anton Johansson’s Galahad Suite” is the result of an idea that has been in the head of former Mister Kite member Anton Johansson for almost 30 years and features an array of talented musicians including Linus Abrahamson (guitar and bass), Carl Lindquist (vocals), Mats Bergentz (Drums), Sebastian Berglund (Keyboards), Anna Forsvall Lundmark (Cello) and backing vocal by Evelina Andersson, Ellen Abrahamson and Mikael Cederhag.

The album also boasts notable guest performances by guitarists Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen, Freak Guitar), Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Allen/Lande, Starbreaker), Jonas Hansson (Silver Mountain), Dennis Post (Star*Rats) and Magnus Kristensson (Mister Kite, Planet); along with keyboards by Jens Johansson (Stratovarius, Yngwie Malmsteen, Dio) and Lalle Larsson (Karmakanic, Agents of Mercy, Electrocution 250) and additional vocals by Alf Wemmenlind (Mister Kite, Fifty Grand Suicide).

Project mastermind Anton Johansson, born 1960, started playing piano when he was nine years old, guitar at 12 and bass at the age15.  Like everybody else he nursed the dream of becoming a rock star and played in lots of local bands.  In the mid 90’s he founded Lion Music act Mister Kite with whom who he recorded and toured with supporting acts like Bruce Dickinson, Dio and SAGA. In 2007 he joined forces with Linus Abrahamson (Andromeda, The Codex) to finish the long-time coming project The Galahad Suite.

Lion Music are pleased to confirm Anton Johansson’s Galahad Suite will be released on 11th May 2013 with full album details to follow shortly.  In the meantime an album preview can be viewed now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmu-9YLn5-8

 

www.galahadsuite.com
www.facebook.com/GalahadSuite
www.youtube.com/GalahadSuite


 



Lion Music is proud to announce the signing of the progressive metal outfit OPPOSING MOTION for the release of their upcoming debut album “Laws Of Motion”.

Opposing Motion are comprised of Ludovic Desa (vocals), Joe McGurk (guitars), David Deplanche (bass) and Kevin Deplanche (drums)and their sound is reminiscent of iconic bands such as Royal Hunt, Seventh Wonder, Fates Warning, Symphony X, Crimson Glory and also newer power/prog bands ala Circus Maximus, Pagan’s Mind, Above symmetry.

With the release of a self released debut EP recorded at the famous Robannas Studios in Birmingham 2010, Opposing Motion have rapidly become known in the prog-metal genre at the national and international levels. Composed of experienced musicians, all active on the UK and France session scene, the band weaves highly melodic and orchestral tapestries mixing technical pieces, intricate musicianship and offering a fresh outlook on the prog-genre bringing together flamenco, classic rock, NWOBHM and progressive rock influences.

With several top tier high street magazine features and numerous excellent reviews on the international metal scene, “The Illustration” EP (2010) set the foundations for their eagerly awaited full-length debut album.

2012 saw the band recorded their first debut album entitled “Laws of Motion” and have now teamed up with prog metal specialists and recognised label LION MUSIC to bring their music to the scene on 11th May 2013.

Full details on “Laws Of Motion” to follow shortly. 

http://opposingmotionband.co.uk
http://www.reverbnation.com/opposingmotion
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Opposing-Motion/344411237711
http://fr.myspace.com/opposingmotion