ELEKTRADRIVE OVER THE SPACE
30th anniversary limited edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release Date: 26 August 2016
Catalogue No: ESM296
Bar Code: 5031281 00296 9

Band is: Alex Jorio - Drums /  Elio Maugeri - Lead Vocals / Simone Falovo -Guitars / Stefano Turolla -  Bass /  Eugenio Manassero - Keyboards

Produced and Mastered by  Simone Falovo for Elektradrive Productions 2016

Track listing: 1-Intro - Beginning  2-Secret Of The Holy Grave 3-Time Machine 4-Lord Of  The Rings 5- Fortune Teller 6-Snake (Slip on…) 7- Against The Stream 8-Take Off 9-…Over The Space  /10-Song Fr Feeling 11-Clash Of Titans 12- Midnight Passage

Bonus Tracks: 1- Let it Survive 1984 / 2-Brian Storm 1984 / 3- Winner 1985 / 4-Riding The Wind (As Overdrive) 1983 demo / 5-You Cant Stop Rock & Roll 1985 demo (outtakes from OTS) 6- Against The Stream - Live 1986

Elektradrive is one of the most significant bands in the history of Italian Hard Rock. Born in 1981 as Overdrive, they are from Torino and they changed their name to Electradrive in 1983.

The band were together until 1993.

Elektradrive debut single “Let it survive” was released on 1984 by Smoko Records, that was at the times the label of Simone Falovo major brother, Stefano, who really discovered the band in his family…Immediately after Elektradrive were featured, in the same year on the compilation “HM Eruption” with the song “Lord of the rings”, and in the compilation “Metallo Italia” with “Winner” the year after. In 1985 the band produces a videoclip for “Winner”.

The band’s style then was a sort of hard/heavy rock similar at the sound of Iron Maiden/Dio/Ozzy Osbourne/Michael Schenker Group, but with a nice presence of keyboards synth sounds in it,so that Beppe Riva from Rockerilla Italian magazine, coined for them the term “Space Metal” band.

Elektradrive's debut full length album, “Over the space” was finally ready and released in 1986 with Discotto Records followed by a national tour. It was fully appreciated by many European critics, like Dave Reynolds from “Metal Forces” and Kerrang!!magazine who gave them 90/100 score.

The most famous and widely appreciated LP by Elektradrive, “Due” sees the light in 1989 with Minotauro. The sound is more class hard rock/AOR than the debut album, and “Due” receives an excellent feedback from the international press, including a rate of 5 K’s (top of the score!) on Kerrang! Magazine (in the same number, Whitesnake took 3K’s with “Slip of the tongue). Many Italian critics declared them “Italian AOR Gods”.

The band played many gigs all around Italy, and the most important was as supporting band with Manowar at Palasport, Torino. An intensive international tour follows. In 1990 Elektradrive played some live shows L.A. amongst the others, the noteworthy night at the famous Roxy Theatre in Sunset Boulevard.

After the comeback from USA, the band starts pre-production and writing new songs. So the third album (the first released in CD and not vynel) came out with the title “Big City” and released by Dracma Records in 1993. “Big City” is reviewed by many as album of the month, and some Italian critics named them “the best rock band in Italy, ever”.  In 1994 “Due” and “Big City” are distributed in Japan by EMI/Toshiba and in Europe by Long Island Records.

After almost ten years of silence, in 2004, Simone Falovo and Elio Maugeri, with the original line-up of the beginnings, start writing songs for a new album: “Living 4” which is released by Valery Records in 2009, and got a lot of very rave reviews from all the Italian and european magazines.

Considered by many critics a masterpiece (it took the band three years of hard work for writing and recording process) “Living 4” is a mature concept album of modern-bluesy-AOR-hard rock with committed lyrics about environment, water scarcity, corporations, and general concerns on the state of our planet.

They received airplay by Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson in his BBC show, and he described the band as melodic and classy hard rock band, a “bunch of veterans from Turin”.

 

 


 

 


SEVEN
SHATTERED

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release Date: 23 September 2016
Catalogue No: ESM295
Bar Code: 5031281 00295 2

Mick Devine – Lead Vocals
Lars Chriss – guitars, drums
Andy Loos - Bass
Fredrik Bergh – Keyboards
Kay Backlund – Keyboards
Guest vocals
Nigel Bailey and Lin Devine

Produced and Mixed by Lars Chriss
Executive Producer : Khalil Turk
Mastered by Mike Lind

Tracks List:
Light Of 1000 Eyes / A Better Life / Fight / Shattered / Live This Life / Pieces Of You / Broken Dream / High Hopes / I Needed Time / Taking Over / Last Illusion

SEVEN originate from the AOR scene in the late eighties where Polydor records having been fairly successful in the U.K with the likes of Magnum and Little Angels, set their sights on SEVEN, a relatively unknown act that had started life as a successful South African group, reformed to hit the big time in the UK.

SEVEN toured extensively supporting an eclectic variety of acts that included the likes of Jason Donovan, Richard Marx, The Monkees and Brother Beyond. It’s a time period that Mick Devine is keen to reminisce about, “Even though they were out and out pop gigs, we loved the crowds and the noise. We went from pubs to opening to 3000 screaming fans in Southampton. It is a very addictive adrenaline rush. We got to play all the top venues, which were fantastic; including Wembley Arena, the NEC, BIC, SEC and even the Royal Albert Hall. The Richard Marx tour was definitely the best for us with a more grown up audience we were able to rock it up and truly be ourselves. It went down really well!”

Entering the recording studios, with John Parr at the production helm, they recorded two very strong singles in the shape of “Inside Love” and “Man with A Vision” both of which achieved moderate success in the UK.

In 2014 the original bass player Pat Davey was working alongside Robert Hart on an Escape Music album when the name SEVEN cropped up in the conversation. It would seem that Khalil Turk was a big fan, as Devine explains, “Yeah, back in the day Khalil had really loved the band and he got in touch to see if we would be interested in finally releasing an album,” Without too much convincing the project was born.

The production talents of Lars Chriss (who’s repertoire includes albums with Steve Overland, Chris Ousey, and Radioactive) were enlisted to produce the band’s debut album called ‘7’, which was released to critical acclaim and was held up as one of the “Albums of the Year” on many lists.

SEVEN was born again!

Following the success of the first album, a passion was re-kindled within Devine & McFarlane, who began work on new material, and along with the writing talents of Lars Chriss, Fredrik Bergh, Andy Loos, Kay Backlund and Jeff Paris, that passion was given focus and a place to come to life. What they discovered was a well of untapped creativity that had been hidden for far too long and the songs poured out.

SEVEN ‘Shattered’ is a collection of wonderfully catchy songs that rely on clean and memorable melodies that allow Devine’s distinctive voice to shine through. It was Devine who took the lead in writing the lyrics on this album, matching the intensity and feel of the music to deliver a modern melodic rock album with influences ranging from hints of Foreigner in “A Better Life” and “Broken Dream”, Journey in “High Hopes” and even traces of Magnum in “Light of 1000 Eyes” and “Last Illusion”

The lyrical themes are drawn from a depth of life experience and observations and are heartfelt and real. The production talents of Lars Chriss and the line up of truly great musicians, deliver an album of depth and variation which ranges from driving guitar-led tracks with memorable riffs to melodic anthems, all backed by stunning keys, bass and standout solo’s. It is an album that is a worthy follow-up to the critically acclaimed ‘7’.

This album represents a natural progression for SEVEN and it features 11 stunning tracks that are laden with great musical performances and soaring vocals, and while being fresh and up to date, they have bite and edge and yet remain melodic and catchy

This is one superb follow up album that will not disappoint.