135291Some nights are just pure magic!
In October of 2017, hard rock titans Alter Bridge took to the stage of the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London for two very special headline shows.
Myles Kennedy, Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips treated the capacity crowds to selections from their entire musical catalog.
The set list included some of the band’s biggest hits; rarities and even a few songs the band had never previously performed live.
Adding another career first for the band, Alter Bridge was joined on stage by conductor Simon Dobson and the 52-piece Parallax Orchestra. 
Together, everyone on stage during those two extraordinary nights treated the combined crowd of over 10,000 fans to an unforgettable music experience.

Now those two performances have been combined in to one full length, epic concert that is to be shared with fans around the globe in Alter Bridge: Live At The Royal Albert Hall.

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136528Let’s bet honest: unfortunately many artists and labels have thrown so many best of albums on the market over the years that the original idea behing it suffered a lot. We, the FCKNG SERIOUS family have had an incredible year with countless shows and countless memories hat cannot be put into accurate words. But since it all starts with the music anyways we consider this selection of favorite tracks a chance to recall this FCKNG amazing year.
We’re FCKNG SERIOUS and so not done yet. Let’s take off for the next round.

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Beyond The Black – energetic, straight forward, uncompromising, symphonic metal.

Where others still lose themselves in colorful descriptions, this band has already set its next course and is heading with full force right into the “Heart Of The Hurricane”. The title of the third album is metaphorically where Beyond The Black feel they are – and 2018 is going to be the year in which this charismatic outfit based around Jennifer Haben explores what they describe as ‘the stylistic limitations of extremes: where on the one hand the screws of hardness are tightened again by several turns;  and on the other hand a previously unprecedented catchiness dominates the pieces’.

Beyond The Black continue with their unerring sense of gripping melodies, mixed up with pulverizing blast beats, rousing neck breaker riffs, epic keyboard passages, and elaborately arranged strings and choral settings. From the atmospheric gloomy heaviness (“Through The Mirror”, “My God Is Dead”), the band spans the stylistic arc of their distinctive Metal-meets-Medieval sound (“Scream For Me”, “Song For The Godless”) to the bittersweet acoustic ballad “Breeze”. Together, the huge mix of elf-like vocals and deep-set growls create  a bombastic widescreen production – from the heart into the fingers or “from the heart into the vocal chords”, as singer Jennifer says.

135205Incl. Remixes by Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Tiefschwarz, Sasse, Claudio Ricci

Stripped Down Records continues with munimuni & Seelenwald and featuring stellar remixes from label founder Claudio Ricci as well as Sasse, Tiefschwarz and Kollektiv Turmstrasse. The excellent original is ‘Missing Link’, a strikingly emotional track with slow, lurching drums and a menacing bassline. These are five fantastically expressive and emotive tracks that bring a whole new world of feelings to the dance floor.

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135159Everything was better in the old days” has always been questionable. Music-wise we have seen major developments across the genres from the eighties until today. One track that defnitely ruled the clubs in the early years was Transform’sTransformation“. Justifably considered an absolute cult hit, it seemed reasonable to see if a contemporary remix of such a classic could turn today’s dancefoors upside down just as well as original did in the past. And hear for yourselves, it can! The original with its raw, puristic and light-footed vibe, spiced up with a hypnotic acid line and topped off with its famous vocal snippet that burned itself into the minds of millions of ravers in the glorious 90s, can certainly be labeled “timeless”. Andreas Krüger aka “Der Dritte Raum” takes “Transformation” into the 21st century in the tried and tested way that we’ve always known and respected this gentleman for: hypnotic, driving and incredibly sophisticated. This remix honors the original and promises to become a hit itself!

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135443Calling an EP “Devil” although it will most certainly conjure a smile on the face of any electronic music enthusiast might come as a surprise, or even cause confusion. But let’s be fucking serious, when Boris Brejcha picked this title, he had probably no evil thoughts in mind but was rather daydreaming of one of his many shows that are known to turn any club into a diabolically hot sweat lodge due to the energetic atmosphere and ecstatic crows. So in the end you could arque that the title of his new EP seems long overdue. Meet the “Devil” and the humble man behind the EP: meet Boris Brejcha.

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134817After the great success of the first four Forteba albums “Space Between Us“, “For Some Time Past“, “Stereoform” and “Fabula” on Plastic City, critics and fans of the clear sound and intent were the Krisztián Dobrocsi aka Forteba pursued, enthusiastic.

Now that more than three years have passed, it’s time to add another “Forteba” chapter to Plastic City to this success story.

With his 5th album “Arboretum” “Forteba now suggests new sounds and brings his talent to merge depth and warmth with contemporary club sounds skillfully Forteba overwhelmed the listener in no way with unnecessary showmanship and confined to the productions on the All in all Forteba succeeds with his fifth work “Arboretum” again a quantum leap in the direction of current club sound and convinces with a new sound and current freshness.

ION027_IONIC_Talents_Summer_2018_EP_web_smallThree extra-ordinary talents – 2 brand-new original tracks and one brilliant remix: German EDM Label IONIC Records (part of 120dB Records) is proud to present the IONIC Summer EP featuring tunes by Ckhrisk, Officer Charlie, Dekon and Verdial.

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After initially being launched in the U.S, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea a couple of weeks ago, the new streaming service Youtube Music is now also available in 12 new countries including Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom

YouTube Music is now available for download as an app on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The service streaming is offering new personalized and all simply organized features in a new app and as a web player at music.youtube.com.

YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red) has also been launched in Germany and 16 other countries last monday, providing members with the benefits of Music Premium, plus ad-free, background, and downloads across all of YouTube.

YouTube Premium includes video content produced by YouTube, such as YouTube Originals shows and films, including the hits Cobra Kai and Impulse, as well as new shows starting today: F2 Finding Football, which takes viewers and celebrity guests on a world tour during the FIFA World Cup, and The Sidemen Show.

Besides of a free (ad-supported) model, YouTube Music Premium goes online at the familiar price of 9.99 € / £; those who want to use YouTube Premium additionally pay 11.99  € / £ for the package or 17.99  € / £ for the family option. Interested users can test the service free of charge in the first three months.

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133872With new track ‘Warschauer Strasse’, Claudio Ricci has created an expansive seven minute workout of twisted synths and deep house drums. The first remix comes from long time techno heavyweight Timo Maas and the prolific and inventive Basti Grub. Their singular remix speeds up the original and layers in fluttering toms and percussive sounds as well as broad, groaning synths and the distant sound of a bustling city at rush hour. Sudam label boss and Ibiza based artist Kintar flips the track into something spacious and haunting. Eerie keys and sweeping synths keep you on edge as the rubbery techno groove rolls on into the night. Bulgarian based Metodi Hristov loves to experiment and has a distinctive techno style that gains support from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox and Adam Beyer. In his hands the track becomes a peak time tech banger!

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