MoonJune Records had a truly amazing year. 2016 was a celebration of outstanding and exceptional music, courtesy of my dear friends and extraordinary artists Dwiki Dharmawan, Dewa Budjana, Nicolas Meier,Stick Men, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Boris Savoldelli (with Bardoscia/Casarano), Zhongyu, Beledo, Vasil Hadzimanov, Marbin. In 2016, MoonJune Records celebrated 15 years since its inception in June of 2001.
To celebrate 2016 and to wish You the most prosperous 2017, I would like to invite You to download this great MoonJune Records Sampler (88 tunes from 88 albums) of progressive music exploring and expanding boundaries of jazz, rock, avant, ethno, the unknown and anything in between and beyond. The sampler will be available for a modest price of $10.
And I hope that this can inspire You to get full albums either as Digital Download (FLAC/ALAC/M4A, WAV, MP3-320), on CD or on LP (selected titles), for which I am offering You 15% discount at the checkout, using the code: moonjune2016
The band SOTO, fronted of course by none other than the mighty Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, W.E.T., Trans-Siberian Orchestra to name a few) have parted ways with their record company. In Jeff’s words:
We have decided to forge ahead independently as we continue to bring you new music into the future. I’m not divulging anything new on how the music business has dramatically changed so much the past years…but we decided to change with it and our plan starts with YOU in mind later this week.
As a gift to you all for the holidays, we have recorded our own heavy version of the incredible Michael Jackson song ‘Give In To Me’ and are giving it to you FREE as a digital download!
Forest Field are back with their fourth full length album. After the award winning Angels? album (best Rock album of 2015 on One World Music Radio), Forest Field just dived in with eyes closed and set out to make an even more exciting album. Loosely based on the Dune saga from Frank Herbert and other science fiction topics, Lonely Desert raises the bar even further. From instrumental tracks, to the epic Fear, the band bring their trademark melodies, harmonies and impressive guitar work to the next level. Let alone the beautiful art from the famous Blekkmark Design Studio… The pre order runs until the release date October 21, so head to Rock Company to save some money!
Valley Of Pain (7:10)
Doomed In The Desert (6:21)
Alienation (Stranger In Me) (5:08)
To Bits (3:01)
Into The Light (5:25)
Riding The Worm (3:27)
The Confrontation (5:05)
Listen to the EPK with several tracks on Soundcloud:
You may (or may not) know me as the former drummer of Uriah Heep. I have some great news! I have just finished recording a new EP and on 18th September this year at the famous 100 Club in London I am throwing a party; The Lee Kerslake Rock Party, with some famous guests coming along. Proceeds will go towards The Nightingale Cancer Support Group who helped save my life!
Rock Company is very proud to announce the signing of prime Slovenian hard rock band Sixtynine! The international release of their album You Are Me (including no less that 3 bonus videos) is set for September 2, 2016.
They like to call it „Organic R&R“, a brew of the sinergy between band members Tomaž Klepač (lead vocals & acoustic guitar), Tadej Tadič (electric guitars), Danijel Brezec (bass guitar) and Igor Marasovič (drums & percussion). And it is as hard hitting as the most potent organic ales or concoctions, a contemporary blend of rock that is firmly, audibly and shamelessly rooted in the very best & most iconic rock classics, and that despite its’ modern approach has been crafted and recorded without the all to present conteporary aids such as autotune, drum replacement or timing adjustment or groove quantizing, samples, virtual instruments or guitar amp simulators. Organic, indeed!
This month, MoonJune Records celebrates its 15th Anniversary. Even though my first three releases were manufactured by my friends at DiskMakers in May of 2001, I consider that MoonJune Records actually started on June 23rd 2001, on the first day of the third annual progressive rock festival NEARFest, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the first public appearance as a news record label and one of the festival’s vendors. Exactly one year before, at the second annual NEARFest, I have discovered what became one of my favorite, and one of the label’s most celebrated bands, progressive rock fusion quartet from Verona, Italy – Duty Free Area, known as D.F.A.
Their stellar performance at NEARFest in the early afternoon on June 17th, 2000, when D.F.A. took the stage for their first-ever live performance in the USA, and It most certainly marked the beginning of the band’s International career, and was their first major exposure outside the confines of their native Italy, a country with a rich progressive music history. Many among the large audience of progressive music enthusiasts at NEARfest were obviously unfamiliar with the Italian band and their music, but as the show progressed it became evident that history was in the making. Each successive song was greeted with a bigger roar of applause. Recorded with crystal clarity, this is an exceptional recording of a very special live performance. “Work In Progress Live” marks the official beginning of MoonJune Records, being one of the labels most successful and critically most acclaimed albums. D.F.A. performed a number of exciting individual and festival shows in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Indonesia, Belgium, Germany and all around Italy. After the release of the studio album “4th” in 2008, another of the great and critically acclaimed MoonJune‘s albums in the label’s 15 years history, a tragic event marked the end of the band’s career. Alberto Bonomi, D.F.A.’s keyboardist, and with the drummer Alberto De Grandis, the band’s main composer, died in a car accident on Sunday, June 28th, 2011, at the age of 48.
To celebrate 15th years of MoonJune Records and to celebrate the legacy of an extraordinary musician and a very dear friend, “Maestro” Alberto Bino Bonomi, – MoonJune Records is offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of their celebrated live album “Work In Progress Live”. This special offer is valid until Sunday, June 26. Despite the band’s semi-legendary status in the progressive rock circuits, many fans of the genre are still unaware of this truly fantastic band, and of the great talent of Alberto Bonomi.
Thanks for the continuous support to the Independent Music cause.
And more music from Down Under! This time it is Greeves with their single Moving Up. Personally I am weary of bands calling their music a masterpiece. Think that is up to others to decide. And when you promise a CD, and send in a CDR, without art or a web address, I guess your promotion skills leave something to be desired as well…
Anyway, this blog is about music and I must say I did think Moving Up is a nice song. Starting with a reggae beat, I was taken by the multiple harmonies in the vocals. Very good! Also the arrangement of guitars and later on keyboards in some way reminded me a bit of Pink Floyd. In a good way. Second track I received is called Lonely Obsession. And that is a lovely balladesque little thing with more outstanding vocal harmonies. And more fresh arrangements on guitar and keys.
So yeah, surely a band to welcome into the world. Will be interesting to see how they develop. Would certainly love to hear an album’s worth of songs!
Hailing from Rhode Island comes the next chapter in the never ending Phil Vincent story. Teaming up with rock icon Paul Sabu, the pieces are now in place for a truly special listening experience. Produced and mixed by Sabu, 10 slices of modern melodic rock will shake you to the core. Massive hooks laid over throbbing bass lines, with screaming guitar licks and pounding drums, all coming together producing a sonic utopia. Named after the town Vincent was born and still resides, CRANSTON will keep you coming back for more.
CRANSTON: Phil Vincent – Lead and Background Vocals Paul Sabu – Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals B.F. D’Ercole – Drums
From the latest Earthshine album White Cliff Country comes this track “Secret Of The Stones”. Described by a critic
One of my favourite places in England has to be Stonehenge and Earthshine have created a track that compliments both Avebury and the henge, and also does it complete justice by the piece called Secret of the Stones. The arrangement starts in an almost Jarre style, then transposes itself into a really ancient melody of time and memory, it is as if musically we have found a portal to the past. This fluid and fascinating composition is one of the best on the album, I could listen to this for hours.