Nov 162018
 

Italy’s power/prog metal band S91 ink a worldwide record deal with Rockshots Records for the release of their sophomore album coming out in early 2019.

Their debut album “Behold The Mankind” was released in 2016, and was a concept album about human history in a Christian approach. S91‘s style is in the wake of a coordinated progressive-metal with symphonic influences, led by the warm and strong voice of Maria Londino standing above. The album was produced by Cristiano Bertocchi (Labyrinth, Vision Divine, Wind Rose) and mastered by Simone Mularoni (Domination Studios), and was very well welcomed by critics and audience allowing the band to play shows in Italy and abroad, including a performance at the latest edition of “Elements Of Rock”, the largest Christian metal festival in Europe.

Currently the band is in studio to define the final details of the sophomore album, a new and exciting concept album coming out in early 2019 with a worldwide release and distribution by Rockshots Records.

More details and info about the new release will follow soon. Continue reading »

Nov 092018
 

Italy’s Vision Quest have signed a worldwide record deal with Rockshots Records for the release of their self-titled debut album!

Vision Quest is a project born many years ago with the purpose of conceiving a “Rock Opera” with melodic rock songs. The band name is inspired by “Vision Quest”, a 1985 American coming-of-age drama film: the soundtrack includes songs from the artists of the “HeyDay” melodic rock era such as Journey, Foreigner, John Waite, Sammy Hagar among the others.

Background of the Vision Quest sound is focused on the melodic Rock/AOR music from the 80’s combined with a symphonic rock and progressive rock influences of bands like Magnum, Kansas and Asia. The self-titled album is divided into 2 parts; the first part tells the story of “Orion”, who fights and dies to save his people from an obscure and unknown force; the second part tells the story of “Avathar”, squire of the king who ends up betraying Orion in exchange for immortality and gets to be exiled; during the exile he gets suffering, repenting, and finds love.

“Vision Quest” is an epic journey into melodic rock! Continue reading »

Oct 042018
 

Italy’s modern hard-rock band BAD As signs to Rockshots Records!

Founded in 2016 by the worldwide known bassist Alberto Rigoni (solo, Vivaldi Metal Project, former – Twinspirits) under the monicker BADASS, in 2018 the Italian modern hard-rock band turned into BAD As, featuring a brand new line-up and a huge step forward their unique and personal music style. While ‘Hard Rock’ is the starting point of BAD As , the new album is a melting of genres including metal and progressive as well as a mixing of influences in the style of legendary bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Whitesnake, DIO, Symphony X, Alter Bridge and many others.

The new album “Midnight Curse” features unforgettable vocals and lyrics, killer guitars and a background wall of bass and drums. Continue reading »

Aug 302018
 

Sit back and put your feet up when you listen to “Fist of the Seven Stars – Act 2 (Hokuto Brothers)”. Gabriels, a composer and keyboardist from Italy, creates musical stories on a grand scale. Some of you may be familiar with his rock opera, Prophecy, dedicated to the victims of the September 11 attacks in the United States. He is also known as a seasoned session musician, having served as arranger and keyboardist on amongst others, the “Vivaldi Metal Project”. For this album, he again involves a large cast of talented performers to continue the story inspired by “Hokuto no Ken”, a Japanese anime by Tetsuo Hara and Buronson.

One thing is for sure, he makes the keyboards wail! When I listen to this album, and appreciate how sweeping a production this is, I cannot help but think of Finnish band, Dark Sarah. While Dark Sarah is more clearly symphonic in its brand of metal, both bands share what I would call an “old world grandeur”. This lavishness is evident for me in a track like “End of Cobra”. I truly enjoy the layered vocals, the massive synths and that guitar solo – out of this world! It’s like this production would be at home in both a stadium and in a theatre, with elaborate costumes and kick ass lighting design. Continue reading »

Aug 092018
 

Italy’s keyboard virtuoso Gabriels signs to Rockshots Records for the release of the brand new rock opera: “Fist Of The Seven Stars Act 2 – Hokuto Brothers”

Gabriels is a quite known keyboard player and musician based out of Italy, also active as arranger and session-man, who worked with some renowned musicians such as the well-known singer Fabio Lione, Mark Boals and the keyboard player Mistheria among the others.

The new opera will be unleashed via Rockshots Records on August 31, 2018, while pre-orders are already available on the record label official store.

Concept: This Rock opera is dedicated and freely adapted from to the manga and anime “Hokuto no Ken” by Tetsuo Hara and Buronson. In Act 1 we will see the first part of the story the girlfriend of the protagonist is kidnapped by his enemy and rival in martial arts, and forms part of a different school … leaving him dying back after a long time to get revenge and take back what is his…but she is dead….?!?!? Continue reading »