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Dead by April…..Sunrise Avenue…european bands on SingStar.

European bands as I mentioned before are part of the SingStar fun. For us here in the US alot of them may be unknown, and for those of us that play we are getting a wider look at the groups over there.
Dead by April, according to some they are Alternative Metal or Melodic Death Metal. From Sweden this band first hit the scene in May of 2009 with their debut self-titled album.
Jimmie Strimell does screaming vocals as well as clean vocals and also sings for Death Destruction and in the past Nightrage.
Zandro Santiago also vocals.
Marcus Wesslén plays Bass guitar.
Alex Svenningsson plays the drums.
Session and Touring Members: Pontus Hjelm, guitars, keyboards, backing vocals and songwriter for the band. Joel Nilsson plays guitars along with Jonas Ekdahl.
The song released for play on Sing Star is “Losing You” which you can see on their YouTube site. Their most recent album “Incomparable” was released in Sept. 2011.
The other band we are spotlighting is Sunrise Avenue. This European band hails from Finland forming in 1992. They have released 4 albums “Out of Style” is the most recent released 2011. One of the songs from this album featured on SingStar is “Not Again” along with 7 other songs form their previous albums. Their newest video is “Somebody Help Me“.
Te band is made up of Samu Haber who is the lead vocalist and guitar player.
Raul Ruutu plays the bass guitar.
Sami Osala is their drummer.
Riku Rajamaa also plays guitar.
This group falls into the alternative rock, pop rock and soft rock. Here is the link to their website which is in English.
Keep on discovering music.


Well if you played SingStar……

Sorry folks meant to do more but that winter storm nailed us on the power seen for the last week. That being said I want to talk about the SingStar game for the PlayStation. This game original came out for the PS2 and is still going strong on the PS3. This game will introduce most Americans to a group of bands that they may be unfamiliar with.
Case in point. Gotthard from Switzerland. I found a little more when my cousins were here from Germany. They filled me in on all the groups that I had never heard of before but was beginning to like alot. So I will slowly be sharing many of these bands with you in the coming months. Now back to Gotthard.
From there website Gotthard Offical:
The story so far…..

13 No.1 albums
1 Diamond Award (1 million albums sold in Switzerland)
1 Tripple platinum album (Homerun)
5 Double Platinum albums (Human Zoo, One Life One Soul, Open, DeFrosted, Lipservice)
6 Platinum albums (Gotthard, Dial Hard, G. One Team One spirit, Made In Switzerland, Domino Effect)
1 No. 1 single (Heaven)
6 Top ten singles
1 Gold single (Heaven)

More than 2 million albums sold world wide.
Impressive to say the lest. I was sadden to learn that the lead singer I was getting used to on SingStar had died in Oct 2010. Steve Lee who was one of the founders of the band died in a motorcycle accident in the US.
The band came onto the scene in 1992. This year they released a new album in Sept. called “Homegrown – Alive In Lugano“ which contains vocals done by the late Steve Lee at a concert they did in July of last year before his death. I must say every album of their I have found has been a hit with me. Hope to see more of them as the years keep rolling on.