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Eloy Featured in Record Collector Magazine (May 2012 Issue)

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Joe Geesin at Record Col­lector Magazine wrote a fea­ture art­icle on Eloy for the magazines May 2012 Issue. A small snip­pet of the art­icle can be read here with the full art­icle avail­able online for sub­scribers of the magazine. The Magazine hits the streets today (26th April 2012)

An extract below fea­tures an inter­view with Heavy Metal Records and Revolver Records Man­aging Dir­ector, Paul Birch who talks about how the HMR deal with Eloy came about!

Paul Birch (FM Revolver)

The deal came through MIDEM in Cannes, France, the bands man­ager at the time was Wolfgang Rott – he came to our stand at the MIDEM around 1982. We had already signed Accept from Dieter Dirks in Cologne so we were known to the music industry there. Birgit Wir­itz from EMI Elec­trola was in touch with me, I flew out to Cologne and watched them per­form at a gig. I had an idea about how the band could be intro­duced here. I signed them for Plan­etsTime to Turn,Per­form­ance and Met­ro­mania. I would have done earlier albums but some­how the moment passed.

I was work­ing with Rod­ney on other albums sleeves, he had done Pred­ator for me by Bitches Sin, Dia­mond Head’s Am I Evil, I felt he was exactly the right artist to work on Eloy and the band com­mis­sioned him dir­ectly to work on Met­ro­mania. There new man­ager after Wolfgang was Jür­gen (Yogi) Dramm, who ended up run­ning our Ger­man office.

Met­ro­mania was a CD release as well as LP and cas­sette. The LP releases were all spe­cially grained by Delga Press in Brom­ley, who still do our print today. The one thing I felt about their exist­ing art­work was that it let them down. They were a com­plex group and there album art needed to reflect that.

I loved the band then, still do. I am dis­ap­poin­ted they didn’t come back to the label fol­low­ing Met­ro­mania but Frank and the band knew their own mind and prob­ably had oppor­tun­it­ies that came along as a con­sequence of the new mar­kets they were now reaching.

EMI Elec­trola were about to drop the band when we signed them. EMI con­tin­ued with them until Per­form­ance when the band moved to SPV. Manfred’s label was loc­ated in Han­nover, it was on the rise at that point and it was likely by then that the rela­tion­ship at EMI would have come to a nat­ural end.

Many thanks to Joe for this! Be sure to pick up a copy  of Record Col­lector Magazine to see the full fea­ture on Eloy and much more.

www.recordcollectormag.com
www.joegeesin.com

 

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UFO’s Paul Raymond Interviewed by Rich Davenport’s Rockshow

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Cited as influences by none other than Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris, Metallica’s Kirk Hammet and Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine amongst others, UFO were part of the FM-Revolver Records Label in with their EP release ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ recorded in 1986 and released in 1988. The British Hardrockers have since undergone numerous line-up changes but still remain very much active today, with 3 of the bands original members continuing their impressive rock legacy which spams some 40+ years – the band formed in 1969!
The band most recently added to their impressive collection of  reportoire with their 2oth studio album released via SPV/Steamhammer titled ‘Seven Deadly’. Further details can be found at the U.F.O Official Website.
Fun Fact: UFO has released;
20 Studio Albums
15 Live Albums
10 Compilation Albums
2 Video Albums
Rich Davenport’s Rock Show recently conducted an Interview with Paul Raymond of U.F.O. (See Cloudcast below)

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Gypsy Pistoleros Single/Album Launch

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

When  it’s time to party we will party hard’!

HMR new boys GYPSY PISTOLEROS are celebrating in true rock ‘n’ roll style with their single and album launch on the 23rd March 2012 at the FIXXION WAREHOUSE PROJECT in Wolverhampton at 7PM. Tickets for the launch are £8 and can be reserved via Arc Management at the following location; https://www.facebook.com/events/224323317664632/

The party will give fans a preview of the Pistoleros upcoming album release ‘FOREVER WILD, BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED – THE GREATEST HITS VOL. 1’  with support from LOVEBITES and DRAGSTRIP JUNKIES and special guest appearances from legendary names in the rock world this is event is certainly not to be missed by Rock fans in the Midlands!

A spectacular London launch show is also in the works – stay tuned for more details. You can also catch the Pistoleros in Nottingham on the 6th April 2012 at the WILDSIDE CLUB and U.S fans can go insane at the stroke of midnight on the AEG Hard Rock Stage at ROCKLAHOMA festival on the 26th May 2012!

To keep up to date with the latest news and details of all things GYPSY PISTOLEROS and HEAVY METAL RECORDS be sure to keep an eye on www.gypsypistoleros.com and www.heavymetalrecords.com

 

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Gypsy Pistoleros Announced For Rocklahoma 2012!

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Heavy Metal Records’ recent signing, GYPSY PISTOLEROS, have been added to the line-up of Rocklahoma Festival which takes place from the 25th-27th May 2012. The annual hard rock music festival held in Pryor, Oklahoma showcases a wide range of bands from current stars to 1980s era classic rock acts over a three day period.  This year marks the sixth consecutive year that the PISTOLEROS will perform at the festival. They will appear alongside a host of acts from various genres of the rock and metal world including; Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Slash, Queensryche, Hellyeah, Trivium, Art Of Dying, Volbeat and many, many more. Check the poster below for a complete list of bands performing at Rocklahoma 2012 – you don’t want to miss this!

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Gypsy Pistoleros

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Towards the tail end of 2011, HMR announced the signing of the flamenco laced glam rocksters, Gypsy Pistoleros. The Pistoleros will release ‘Forever Wild, Beautiful And Damned! Greatest Hits Volume 1′ in March 2012. As a taster of things to come the Pistoleros will release their first single on the HMR label, a stellar cover of the 90s chart-topping hit, Ricky Martin’s ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’. The English translation meaning ‘Living The Crazy Life’ perfectly personifies the bands unique blend of latin rock.

In celebration of the release, a single launch and album preview will take place on the 23rd March at the Fixxon Warehouse Project in Wolverhampton, a party certainly not to be missed!

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FM Revolver and HMR… The Archive, introduced

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Some of you may be aware that over the past few months we have slowly been archiving our press collection that covers all of the FM Revolver and Heavy Metal Records (+ associated labels) solo artists and bands.

The finds have been very interesting – particuarly comparing how processes of CD Artwork and Album Covers have changed from the laminated and glued on designs, to fully digitally designed entities in their own right. And of course, handling old Kerrang! and Metal Hammer Magazines and noting changes in house styles and their K! Rating system! It has also been fun to see how the fashions have changed from the 80s hair metal scene as seen in the style of Bitches Brue and Wrathchild to the modern day rock’n'roll look.

In due course, we will be sharing some of the best press and promotional items from our achives from some of the bands who have graced our label since the 1980s. We hope you enjoy viewing the pictures and articles as much as we here at Revolver Records HQ have.

Below is a brief taster of just a few of the thousands of scans we have done thus far – Check out the YOUNG Lemmy with Lisa Dominique! We still have many, many more to get through, so stay tuned for new updates from our history! We will definitely be sharing more of this great collection. You can ‘Like’ us over on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep more up to date with all things HMR and Revolver!

Lisa Dominique with LEMMY!

 

Wrathchild UK

Marshall Law

 

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Revolver Supporting Compton House Hospice

Monday, August 8th, 2011

We have always supported community charities and organisations. Compton Hospice does outstanding work in supporting people with life limiting illnesses and their families throughout the West Midlands. Some of us at Revolver have had friends blighted by terminal illness who have been supported by hospices, so we speak from the heart when we say that hospices play a critical – and largely unsung – role in recuperative and palleative care.

Compton is one of many hospices around the UK supporting those suffering from illness who cannot receive the care they require through the mainstream NHS. We’re helping with their Grand Re-opening today (the 5th of August) by releasing their charity single – “One Life” – performed by Dan Callow. Proceeds from single sales go to Compton Hospice, so please – even in these difficult times – consider pledging just a little (less than £1) to help the Hospice continue its invaluable work helping those who are suffering.

Who knows, perhaps someone you know or love may be helped by Compton Hospice one day!

You can buy the “One Life” single right now:
just head over to iTunes to get your copy.
On behalf of ourselves and Compton Hospice, thank you for your support!

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Scorpions confirmed for Wacken 2012

Monday, August 8th, 2011

The prestigious German Heavy Metal Festival, Wacken Open Air, has already announced a selection of bands for next years (2012) festival line-up. Next year marks the 23rd Anniversary of the festival which initially commenced as a small festival for local German bands in 1990. Wacken is now one of the imminent highlights of the European Festival Calender with Festival Punters worldwide travelling to the event year on year to witness more than 70 bands perform over the three days. With a consistently impressive line-up, this is one event that no Metal Head should miss!

Amongst the names announced for 2012 are  Scorpions (LAST EVER GERMAN APPEARENCE!), reformed Industrial Metallers, Ministry, Power Metal heroes. Hammerfall and Gamma Ray, and Viking Metal Giants, Amon Amarth. Also included in the line-up thus far are Cradle Of Filth and U.D.O, with many more bands to be announced in the coming months.

The festival is set to take place from the 2nd August 2012 to the 4th August 2012, with pre-sale tickets on sale from the 8th August 2011. Tickets can be purchased through the Wacken Open Air website.

Scorpions ‘Lonesome Crow’ (Remastered) is available for purchase through Revolver Records.

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Hellfighter – Damnation’s Wings Reviewed

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Matt Seddon of  the online Heavy Metal Webzine ‘Metal Rules’ recently reviewed Hellfighter’s latest album ‘Damnation’s Wings’ (2011);

“Before I got this to review, I can safely I say, I did not have a clue who Hellfighter where. But after being blown away by every single song on their latest album entitled Damnation’s Wings, it is safe to say that it is a must have for any metal fan in 2011! With fast paced riffs and one hell of a powerful metal voice, Hellfighter manage to bring the thunder with their thrash metal masterpiece which not only is the best thrash album of 2011 thus far, but possibly the best thrash metal release you will have heard in a long time!”

You can read the full review on the Metal Rules Website.

Damnation’s Wings can be purchased via Heavy Metal Records.

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Art Of Dying To Play at 48 Hour Festival

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Canadian Rockers, Art Of Dying, have been added to the line-up of 48 Hour Festival. The festival held in Las Vegas will see a plethora of bands perform across two days on the 15th and 16 of October 2011 including big name bands Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch and Bullet For My Valentine.

Details of the full line-up and ticket information can be viewed on the 48 Hours Festival website.

Art Of Dying’s self-titled debut album release can be purchased through Revolver Records.

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