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Lion Music give details on two new releases

Awake

AWAKE

Full song sample - http://soundcloud.com/lionmusicrecordlabel/awake-bleed-from-you
 
 Back 4 years after their label debut, UK progressive metal act Awake return with their brand new opus ‘Forever More’ via Lion Music on 14th October 2011.
 
Taking a step onwards from their debut ‘Illumination’, Awake have delivered a heavier grittier sound second time round that retains the melodies and depth of its critically acclaimed predecessor. ‘Forever More’ also marks the first album recorded with new guitar duo, the brothers Andy and Steven Coles who have brought stability to the band not to mention bringing a new dimension to heavier sound heard on the new album.
 
With a score of live dates including tours with Evergrey and Magnum under their belts, not to mention live sessions on BBC Radio, Awake have been going from strength to strength in the run up to the new albums creation.
 
The journey for this album started around a year after ‘Illumination’ was released. The bands former guitarist left (Richard Hall) and the group were keen to move on with new members when writing the new album. After thorough and extensive auditioning Andy Coles joined around June 2008 and the early ideas for the new album were formed. ‘Release Me’ was the first song written and came from a keyboard ‘riff’ that Craig came in with. Steven Coles joined the band by February 2009 and a break in writing was taken for the band to go out on the road with Magnum again. After this writing resumed and the album took shape over the next year or so. Pre-production took place in February 2010, final adjustments were made (including the inclusion of female backing vocals-Jennifer Hardy), and full recording took place April/May 2010.
 
On ‘Forever More’ lyrical slant the band state, “We wanted to convey our own personal experiences with love and loss and the hardships you face when you lose someone close to you. We hope that this is something people in general can relate to and we hope they can find meaning within the songs”.
 
Forever More is an emotional album written by musicians that are fully dedicated to Awake and pushing the boundaries of what they do. It can on one hand be perceived as a very sad album and there are moments that will touch the heart strings, but at the same time its extremely powerful and meaningful. It’s an album we all can relate to and interpret for our own situation, not just in the words but also in the use of keys and guitar. ‘Forever More’ packs a sonic punch musically and emotionally and it’s a package that will be warmly welcomed by music fans worldwide on 14th October 2011.
 
Lion Music Promo Page with pre-order links - http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/forevermore.htm

TRACK LISTING
01. Intro - Into The Storm.
02. Out Of Control.
03. Release Me.
04. Drift Away.
05. Taken.
06. Closing The Doors.
07. Bleed From You.
08. For The Moment.
09. Hold On.
10. One Wish.
11. King.
12. Forever More.

MUSICIANS
Simon Shedwell – Lead and Backing vocals.
Andy Coles – Lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals.
Steven Coles- Lead and rhythm guitars.
Chris Le Mottee – Bass guitar.
Craig Burkitt – Keyboards and Piano.
Alex Townsend – Drums and Percussion.

 

CRYLORD

 

Full song sample: http://soundcloud.com/lionmusicrecordlabel/boguslaw-balceraks-crylord

Exploding out of Poland comes a new powerhouse of metal. Lion Music are delighted to welcome Boguslaw Balcerak’s Crylord to the labels roster.

Led by the prestigious talents of guitarist Boguslaw Balcerak, ‘Blood Of The Prophets’ breathes new life into the neo-classical genre with 12 first class songs chock full of big riffs, dynamic rhythms, jaw dropping guitar solos and infectious vocal melodies from 3 of the most acclaimed vocalist in the field - Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz (Evidence One, ex Domain) and neo-classical legends Mark Boals (ex Malmsteen / Ring Of Fire) and Goran Edman (ex Malmsteen / Karmakanic).

Blood Of The Prophets’ powerful music was inspired by the greats of neo-classical guitar and hard rock/heavy/power metal along with the epic qualities of film music. The classical influence of masters like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin can also be heard at times in Boguslaw’s delivery; yet the album is proof that it’s possible to absorb these influences and not come out as a Malmsteen clone. With an effortless guitar style Boguslaw delivers both passion and power throughout the album providing the perfect backdrop for lyrics inspired by fantasy, mythology, bible, legends, love and feelings all expertly delivered by Schulz, Boals and Edman either individually or collectively.

Born in 1972, Boguslaw picked up the guitar at age 16 and over the years was in several bands based in his home city of Warsaw, Poland. Crylord’s formation came about in late 2007 but finding a suitable vocalist in his native homeland proved difficult for Balcerak. After growing frustrated at the lack of home-grown vocal talent that could deliver his material to the standard required, Boguslaw set about recording the albums instrumentation whilst continuing the search for the right vocalists.

The material that makes up ‘Blood Of The Prophets’ was written and arranged on the turn of the years 2008/2009 with recordings commencing in the spring of 2009 in two polish studios. Once the songs were complete Boguslaw took a chance and invited 3 of his favourite vocalists to perform on the album - Mark Boals, Goran Edman and Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz who all accepted after hearing the quality of the music on offer. Some delays in the vocal tracks due to scheduling difficulties were encountered but the last of the vocals were finished in early 2011. It was at this point that Lion Music heard some rough mix demos and a contract offer was made immediately after being suitably impressed by the material. With a deal in place the final element of the album was completed when Boguslaw asked King Diamond guitar master and Sonic Train Studios sound engineer Andy LaRocque to master the album. The result being a strong sounding record that puts many a neo-classical heavyweights productions to shame!

August 2011 saw the recording of a promotional video for the track ‘Warriors Moon’ which will see release prior to the album hitting stores on its release date of 14th October 2011. Boguslaw Balcerak’s Crylord is set to make a big impact on the world of rock and metal with a debut album brimming full of top quality material, musicianship and complete with killer artwork by Tadeu Grigolon.

Lion Music Promo Page with pre-order links: http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/bloodoftheprophets.htm

TRACK LISTING
01. Ante Bellum Overture (Intro).
02. Blood Of The Prophets.
03. Grave Of Love.
04. Bard’s Tale.
05. Warrior’s Moon.
06. Face Of Destiny.
07. The Heretic.
08. Behind The Walls Of Sadness.
09. Angel Of Divine.
10. Valley Of The Dead.
11. When The Time Has Come.
12. The Healing Hands Of Destruction.

MUSICIANS
Boguslaw ‘Bibas’ Balcerak – All Rhythm & Lead guitars, Bass.
Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz – vocals on 2, 5,6,8,10,12.
Mark Boals – vocals on 4,6,11,12.
Goran Edman – vocals on 3,9,11,12.
Kamil Wyziński – Bass.
Tomek ‘Zawad’ Zawadzki – Bass.
Łukasz Dybalski – Keyboards.
Marcin ‘Kanclerz’ Kwasny – Drums.

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