AOR Heaven to release Grand Illusion and Drive She Said albums


Grand Illusion Brand New World Release date: 21.05.2010

After a four and a half year absence Grand Illusion has decided to reunite and the boys also have a new album with the title, “Brand New World”, in the pipeline. The band core of Anders Rydholm, Peter Sundell and Per Svensson are intact and guests on their new album are Gregg Bissonette, Tim Pierce, Danny Jacobs, Roger Ljunggren and Kjell Klaesson.
"In 2005 we needed a break and to work with other people to develop as musicians. The core of Grand Illusion started in 1986 (under the name Promotion). A lot of things has happened during the four years since the break up but now we all felt that it was time to get back together, have fun and make some great music. We have never before worked so hard on any album. Just having legends like Gregg on drums and Tim and Danny on guitar solos feels like magic. The band formula with strong melodies and over the top vocals are the same", says Rydholm.
In April 2009 Rydholm flew to Los Angeles to record drums with Gregg Bissonette in WoodCliff Studios, Sherman Oaks. During two intense days Rydholm, Bissonette and engineer Frank Rosato recorded the drums and the foundation for the new Grand Illusion record. In the lunch on the second day both were talking about favourite guitar players and one thing led to another and before the lunch had ended, Tim Pierce was booked for a guitar session two days later. Mike Slamer is another guitar legend that guests on this new album. "Roger Ljunggren played the majority of the solos on "View From The Top" and we are very pleased that he once again helps us out with a couple of solos.
The band is also very proud to be back on the label where everything started. Georg Siegl and AOR Heaven helped us release our first album (PROMOTION – “Not for sale”) back in 1997 and now look forward to join the Metal Heaven team."
Track list: 1. Never Find Her Alone (3.53), 2. All Out Of Love (4.12), 3. 157th Breakdown (4.31), 4. Emily (4.47), 5. I'm Alive (4.08), 6. Burning Bed (4.42), 7. Brand New World (4.32), 8. Evil And Pain (4.28), 9. Warning Signs (3.43), 10. Playing With Fire (4.00), 11. Sacrifice (4.10), 12. Forever With You (4.39)

Guests: Gregg Bissonette – drums; Tim Pierce – guitar; Danny Jacobs – guitar; Mike Slamer – guitar, Roger Ljunggren – guitar; Kjell Klaesson - acoustic guitar; Arlene Matza-Jackson - Lyrics.


Drive, She Said Dreams Will Come Release date: 21.05.2010
Drive, She Said, the team of Mark Mangold and Al Fritsch has now 6 CD's under their belt. Formed in 1988, and having released their first album on CBS Associated in 1989 it's a fairly typical story: critically acclaimed album, dropped from American label (in the wake of the new grunge movement), same record is well received in Europe and becomes number one on various highly respected UK periodicals, members win top honors in polls and tours UK and various parts of Europe, and go on to release 2 more records for Music For Nations, and then after a bit of a respite, another two records for the Frontiers label (one of them a partial compilation). The band's sound is characterized by Al's stellar vocals, anthemic songs, scathing musicianship and deep tapestries of keys and guitars.
Upon being asked to play at Firefest in October of 2009, Mark and Al jumped at the opportunity and put together a stellar band with Jon Bivona (on guitar), Mike Sorrentino (on drums) and Paul Ranieri on bass. Encouraged by the wonderful turnout and generous response at Firefest, the band signed with Georg Siegl at the prestigious Metal Heaven to do a combination compilation and original record. Mark, having written “Fool's Game” (Michael Bolton's first single) and “I Found Someone” (Cher's comeback tune), was happy to record those songs (also played in the band's set) with Jon Bivona doing the guitar honors. Also two new songs were written (one actually on the evening of the Firefest gig in an explosion of appreciation and enthusiasm) called “Dreams Will Come” and the heavier kick ass “Try To Let Go (FukUUp)”.
Al, who plays every instrument on “Dreams Will Come”, got an opportunity to show off his multi talents. “Try To Let Go”, is a long overdue duet between the two, and features a trade off between Mark and Al. The band is planning a summer tour and plans to keep the ball rolling in support of it's signature melodic rock approach.

Track list1 Fools Game, 2 I Found Some One, 3 Dreams Will Come, 4 Try2LetGo (FukUUp), 5 Don't You Know, 6 Drivin' Wheel, 7 Maybe It's Love, 8 Hard Way Home, 9 If This Is Love, 10 Think Of Love, 11 Hard To Hold, 12 Look At What You Got, 13 Hold On (Hands Around Your Heart), 14 Stronger, 15 Real Life, 16 Love Has No Pride, 17 Always And Forever (Godz).

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