OZONE : SELF DEFENCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release Date: 25th September 2015
Catalogue Number: ESM281
Barcode number: 5 031281 00281 5

Track List: 1-Tiger By The Tail 3:38 / 2- Let The Good Will Out 4:11 /  3- So Blind 5:31 / 4-Destiny 3:50 /  5- Shadow On The Sun 3:32 / 6- Save My Soul 5:02 / 7- Evolve  4:27 / 8- Self Defence 3:42 / 9- Smile Before You Lie  4:21 / 10- Lifetime 4:05 / 11- Practice What You Preach  4:06 / 12- Visionary Man 4:34

Chris Ousey: Lead Vocals and backing vocals

Chris Ousey has had an excellent singing career that goes way back to the times of “Monroe”, “Virginia Wolf”, the fantastic “Heartland” an outstanding solo recording and more recently “Snakecharmer”. He is nicknamed “The man with the golden tonsils” and that is a fine accolade indeed for he has earned it. His effortless vocal range has gained him a top spot in the world of classic UK hard rock.

Steve Overland: Vocals and backing vocals

Steve Overland is a legend in his own lifetime. Is there anyone out there who is not familiar with his name? He has a history that goes way back into the late seventies, his first major recording was with the band “Wildlife” in 1980. After the demise of “Wildlife” Steve went on to form the cult British melodic rock band “FM”, a band that released many great albums throughout the eighties and nineties and right up to 2015. Their popularity has always been at the forefront of British Hard Rock. Steve has also fronted many great bands in recent years, such as “The Ladder”, “Shadowman” and of course he has recorded three fine solo albums.

Mike Slamer – Guitars / B3 Organ / Keys / Bass
Tommy Denander – Guitars / Keys / Bass
Ronnie Platt – Backing vocals
Billy Greer – Backing vocals
Billy Trudel – Backing vocals
Kerry Denton – Drums
The Late and sadly missed our dear friend
Christian Wolff – Guitars and Keys on “Evolve”
Erik Sabo - B3 organ

All songs written by Chris Ousey, Steve Overland, Mike Slamer and Tommy Denander
Recorded and Mixed at Shattered Studios Valencia CA except for Steve Overland vocals recorded at Tremolo Recording Studio in Cheshire, UK and Tommy Denander guitars, Keyboards was recorded in Sweden
Produced and mixed by Mike Slamer
Mastered by Mike Lind at Masterplant
Executive Producer: Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.

The two “O’s” have joined forces on a collaboration that has been whispered for years now and the rumours have all been true as this great union is about to be unleashed on the world. This is just beyond a dream, even the thought that two of the finest melodic rock vocalists in the UK would come together and record an album.

We all know the work of Mike Slamer (City Boy, Streets, and Seventh Key) and his amazing production expertise, well here he outshines all of his previous work with a razor sharp explosion of talent. Mike has a knack of making great music sound even better and this is all the evidence we need. Check out songs like “Smile before you lie” and “Practice what you preach” for superb examples of melodic hard rock. Tommy Denander (Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, and Radioactive) once again joins forces with Mike as song writer plus sharing guitars, keyboards and bass on many of the songs, and on top of it all you get some great backing vocals from Kansas members Ronnie Platt and Billy Greer just like icing on the cake!

This is an outstanding album and its lives up to the hype: this is a recording that will leave you open jawed and begging for more as it ticks all the boxes and more.

A highlight of 2015 if ever there was one.

This album is dedicated to Christian Wolf R.I.P.

 

 


 

 


STALA & SO : STALA & SO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release Date: 21st August 2015
Catalogue Number: ESM280
Bar Code: 5 031281 00280 8

Track list: I Need More / When The Night Falls / Headlong / Now N' Everyday / I Can See It In Your Eyes / Shine Out / Living For Today / The Girl With Guilty Eyes / You Don't Mind (Devil In Disguise) / Goodbye

Sampsa Stala – Lead Vocals (Kita - ex Lordi, Finland)
Nick Gore – Bass, vocals
Sami J. – Lead Guitars, Vocals
Pete Vaughn – Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Rudy Fabritius – Drums, Percussion

Founded in 1997, Stala & So. is known for melodic rock tunes and a positive attitude.

The band has had the freedom to follow their own direction with their music and live performances while entertaining audiences and gathering lots of fans from all over the world along the way. The 70's and 80's glam rock bands, such as Sweet, T-Rex and Ziggy Stardust -era David Bowie, have had a strong influence on the band's image. Stala & So. is making music professionally and also having fun with it. The late Finnish comedian, Spede Pasanen, said: "The main thing is to have FUN!". This has been, and continues to be, the guideline for the band as well.

In the beginning of 2011 the band became familiar to the Finnish tv-viewing people by taking part in the Finnish Eurovision Song Contest. They made their way to the national finals. There is also one ESC 2006 winner in the band's line up. After the Eurovision show it was time for the Finnish release of their self-written, -recorded and -produced debut album "It Is So."

On October 24th the Japanese record company, King Records, released the It Is So. album in Japan and South-East Asia. The German-based music company, Music Buy Mail, released the album in Europe and South America on September. In the fall of 2011 the band recorded five new songs and those were released as an EP, titled "Gimme Five".

In 2013 Stala and so. Signed with Escape Music and released the CD “Play Another Round” which is exciting catchy, vibrant music that fits in well with the modern rock scene today. There is no doubt that this Finnish band excel in bouncy hard melodic rock with unforgettable chorus lines. Their new CD for 2015 is simply self-titled and it extends their music to another level, this new album recorded more towards the melodic hard rock with bigger hooks and massive choruses are remained etched in your mind after just one play.

Stala and So. are like a breath of fresh air that put a whole new perspective on today’s ever changing rock music scene.