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High Road Easy

Melodicrock.com called the 2009 debut "Hotter Than A Thousand Suns" "worth checking out". 15 months in the making acclaimed melodic rockers HIGH ROAD EASY delivered their second album "Drive". In some places "Drive" rocks harder, but manages to be more melodic and than the debut.

2015 finally sees the latest release, the aptly titled third album "III".
Again the bar was raised. "III" is more vocal heavy, both diverse and highly melodic. Overall one can feel the improvements the band made in the past 2 years. Sounds interesting? Well, it is ... a damn good album for fans of Deep Purple, Journey, Europe, Survivor, Uriah Heep to name but a few.

So who is behind a debut album that even famous hard rock producer Beau Hill was hooked? Contacting them and telling them how he liked their sound? It is a band that celebrates punchy European hard rock: HIGH ROAD EASY.

Blessed with one of Germanys finest rock voices, Jan Knopf shines in all songs. Riffs, grooves and keyboard hooks are delivered by multi-instrumentalist Sven Horlemann. The missing puzzle was found in Berklee educated drummer Magnus Brandell, who studied polyrhythms with professors Mike Mangini and Skip Hadden. Magnus grooves deliver the perfect playground for Sven and Jan. Adding to the excitement are guest musicians, like musical composer Stefan Wurz' piano contributions on "Drive".

The story so far:
Teaming up in March 2008, Jan Knopf and Sven Horlemann were instantly hitting off with each other. Within three weeks six great melodic rock gems were written and demoed. HIGH ROAD EASY were born. "It's fun, says Sven, "to write the words that compliment his singing. And I do really love his voice. I always did."
These demo tracks reflected their melodic rock influences. But most of all they present Jan at his best - with his strong, clear, emotionally rich singing that surely will be a surprise to many.
Jan profits from years singing in his cover band Juke Box Heroes. Foreigner, Journey, Toto, Rainbow, Bad English, Deep Purple are classic rock highlights that are the core of his musical taste.
Enter Sven Horlemann, busy guitar wizard, bass player, songwriter, producer and mixer for various outfits, most notably the three Ocean Bed releases. Being aware of the extraordinary talents of Jan - both live in Karlsruhe, Germany, and are part of the local music scene for ages - he always had in mind to team up with Jan to write some songs.
"We started the song writing session with talking about our favourite songs, and listen to them, Sven remembers. "It was a great way to tune into each other. I prepared several songs ideas, but they didn't work very well. Fortunately, I found a way to give Jan some basic layouts for him to improvise melodies. From that point on the record wrote itself easily."

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