The band’s original name was Holy Prophecy and founding members were
Giannis Kikis – Guitars & Vocals
Themis Iakovidis – Guitars
Markos Kikis – Drums
During their early period they composed their first 2 songs, entitled “Lord of the World” and “Holy Prophecy” (music & lyrics by Giannis Kikis). One year later, in 1999, Lazos K. joined the band as a vocalist. Then there was the time when they came up with the songs “Sense of Fear” (music Giannis, lyrics Lazos / Giannis) and “Slaughter of Innocence” (music & lyrics by Giannis Kikis), and they decided to rename the band into SENSE OF FEAR.
During the years there were having some shows and recording some demos with the result of completing songs being composed by Giannis Kikis: “Torture of Mind” and “As the ages passing by, time still runs against us”. In early 2013, Ilias Kytidis joined the band as a vocalist. In this year came up the songs ” Angel Of Steel” , ”Unbreeched Walls” , ”Black Hole” , ”Song Of A Nightingale” and ” Molten Core”.
Mid 2013 they went in studio to record their material, and on 25th of October released their self titled EP which was mixed and recorded in Valve Studios by Stratos ”Strutter” Karagiannidis(Gus G , W.A.N.T.E.D. , Wardrum). The EP had 3 songs(”Angel Of Steel”, ”Torture Of Mind” , ”Sense Of Fear”) and a cover to Iced Earth ”When The Night Falls”.
Finally in 2015 they were started recording their debut album ”As The Ages Passing By…” which was finished end of 2016 and released in 2018 by Italian label “Rockshots”.
2.Slaughter of Innocence
4.Angel of Steel
5.The Song Of A Nightingale
6.Torture of Mind
7.Lord Of the World
9.Sense Of Fear
10.As The Ages Passing By, Time Still Runs Against Us
All the album tracks have been recorded at Valve Studio in Thessaloniki, Greece, by Stratos “Strutter” Karagiannidis (Gus G ,W.A.N.T.E.D. , Wardrum).
With her raw voice and emotional vocals, Marlene Oak manages to move her audiences like few other artists can.
Growing up on a small island outside Stockholm, singer-songwriter Marlene Oak turned to music as her escape. After spending her teenage years busking on the streets of the Swedish capital’s Old Town, she first got discovered by someone who simply happened to pass by. After releasing a couple of songs, she has gone all in as a live artist, and built her following on the pub and festival stages around the country. Marlene Oak has enchanted audiences with her folk-rock melodies as the opening act for Miss Li, Whitney Rose, Susto, and she has been a part of the lineup at festivals such as Way Out West, STHLM Americana and Irisfestivalen.
“My favorite part about being a music creator is playing live. When you play live, there’s something magical happening. Music in itself is magic, and when you stand there and sing your self-written songs, an invisible bond between me and the audience sort of forms. There’s some sort of connection that’s like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. It’s truly amazing” says Marlene Oak.
With a soothing voice that expresses raw emotions, Marlene Oak manages to move her audiences like few other artists can. Influenced by her idols Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone and Janis Joplin – one can sense a timeless spirit in her songs.
These are the moments that rocked the musical world. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Moments in Music History.
For this list, we’re looking at the most memorable and electrifying moments that impacted music as an art form and the public that consumes it. We’re not counting the deaths of any musicians, as they all prove equally sad, and we’re also not including infamous moments like Kanye West’s interruption of Taylor Swift’s VMA acceptance speech, as they deserve a list of their own.
We’re sure you’ve jammed out to “Rapper’s Delight” once or twice, but did you know it was recorded in a single take? Didn’t think so. That single take, recorded by Englewood natives “Wonder Mike,” “Big Bank Hank,” and “Master Gee,” rocked the musical world when in January, 1980, it cracked the Billboard Top 40, landing the number 36 spot. It was the first time a hip-hop track had ever accomplished such a feat, as it legitimized the hip-hop genre as a force to be reckoned with. This moment paved the way for all future hip-hop acts, from Biggie to Kendrick Lamar who can all thank The Sugarhill Gang.
Considered among his best work, Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” premiered on May 7th, 1824 at Vienna’s Theater am Kärntnertor to a packed audience. Matching the crowd, Beethoven packed the stage with the largest orchestra he had ever convened, including many of Vienna’s elite musicians. The premiere marked the first time Beethoven had taken the stage in 12 years. During that time he lost his hearing, and as a result wrote the symphony off musical intuition alone. All of this added to the crowd’s anticipation. Sharing the stage with the theater’s kapellmeister, Michael Umlauf, Beethoven’s symphony stunned the audience, earning five standing ovations. The 9th proved to be Beethoven’s last completed symphony, but it lives on as a masterpiece.
The music industry owes a lot to MTV given the game changing impact of its arrival, but the channel should also be recognized for some incredible music moments. Perhaps the most powerful performance ever aired on the channel was Nirvana’s 1993 appearance on “MTV Unplugged.” Recorded in November of that year and aired a month later, it was one of the last televised performances by Kurt Cobain, before his death in April of 1994. In the wake of his death, the performance inherited immense weight, where the funeral like set dressings and melancholic song choices brought Cobain’s declining mental state into focus.
Johnny Cash was never one to play by the rules, and that’s why the public loved the Man in Black. An outlaw spirit who had fair share of brushes with the law, Cash sympathized with prison inmates. He advocated for prison reform, and as early as the late 50s started to visit and perform in prisons. The real moment of magic came on February 24th, 1969, when Cash performed live at California’s San Quentin Prison. Fueled in part by his annoyance with the British film crew filming the concert, Cash led a rowdy crowd of inmates with a rebellious, energetic, and career defining set.
He didn’t create the move, but MJ sure as hell popularized it. The moonwalk has cropped up throughout pop culture since the 1930s, such as James Brown in The Blues Brothers for example, but there’s only one name synonymous with the move: Michael Jackson. He lit up the world when he first rocked the moonwalk at Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, and Forever in March 1983. Jackson added his signature flair and gravitas to the move by spinning and posing in his sequins, black jacket, and white glove, stopping the world for a moment, and then dropping the moonwalk bomb. In modern times it would have broken the internet but in the 1980s Jackson had to just settle for blowing minds.
On July 13th, 1985 the biggest bands in the world of rock and roll came together for Live Aid to support relief efforts for the Ethiopian Famine. On a day featuring a reunited Led Zeppelin, The Who, Black Sabbath, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and U2’s epic 14 minute rendition of “Bad,” it was Queen that stole the show. In a mere 21 minute set, they crammed in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Ga Ga, ”Hammer to Fall,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and a finale of “We Will Rock You” and “We are the Champions.” The performance was incredible, as Freddie Mercury commanded the stage and the 72,000 person crowd in what proved to be one of his last major performances.
A fan favourite of the Newport Folk Festival thanks to his appearances in 1963 and 64, Bob Dylan rattled the cage a little to hard in 1965. By ’65 Dylan had been labeled the “spokesman of a generation,” and had earned Newport’s headlining bill. Taking the stage with members from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and armed with a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, Mr Zimmerman parted ways with his folk brethren. As boos and jeers erupted from the purists of the festival, including its organizers, Dylan let loose with electric guitars and the energy of rock and roll. It was a major turning point, signalling the decline of folk, and the rise of rock and roll.
By the time he performed on the Milton Berle show on June 5th, 1956, Elvis had already appeared on television plenty of times, including a previous appearance on Berle’s show. This time around, however, things were different. Guitar-less and free to move around the stage, Presley became a quivering mass of windmilling arms and gyrating hips while performing an overcharged version of “Hound Dog.” He may have been chastised by the press and conservative America, but Elvis won over America’s youth who very promptly crowned him the King of Rock and Roll.
Woodstock – four days of peace and love—rocked the world with many incredible performances from groups as diverse as The Who to Jefferson Airplane. None, however, had the cultural impact of Jimi Hendrix. Due the festival being horribly off schedule, and following Sha-Na-Na, Hendrix finally took the stage early Monday morning, with a mere 30,000 of the 400,000 plus audience still in attendance. The remaining few were stunned when Hendrix broke out a passionate rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner with the full Jimi Hendrix treatment. It was a performance that both channelled counterculture rebellion and anger towards the Vietnam War, but also Hendrix’s unbridled love for America.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
Madonna, “Like a Virgin” on MTV Awards
Invention of the Electric Guitar
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
The Who on the Smothers Brothers
The Ed Sullivan Show gave the world a collection of incredible and controversial music moments, like the censored hip swinging of Elvis Presley, but no moment compares to the debut performance of The Beatles. On February 9th, 1964, to an estimated U.S. television record of 73 million viewers, The Beatles took the stage and kicked off the British Invasion. On that night, John, Paul, George, and Ringo bridged the gap between British and American music, globalizing the industry with a forged bond that would forever link the two. The performance launched America into a craze unlike anything before it. Beatlemania had arrived, and music would never be the same again.
There’s a soft side to everyone including your favorite cold-hearted rockstars. It’s not just that though because “power ballads” are the cash cows that never fail to line their pockets. In a nutshell, it’s a sure sell (do you have any idea how much hairspray, spandex suits and platform boots cost?). You see, for hard-rockin’ musicians, they’re not exactly too keen on adding overly-emotional stuff in their catalog and we totally get that.
Besides, there’s a reason why these songs received massive airplay and are regular fan favorites – they’re catchy tunes and it’s fairly easy to sing along to them. Are they cheesy? Maybe. But to be fair, some of them are seriously good of course, provided you keep an open-mind and not judge them even before listening.
Also, who doesn’t love a good drama? And these power ballads have tons of them – from love lost to longing.
Warning: these MAY range from “Eh, okay” to “How about no?”
10. Skid Row – “I Remember You”
This may not be their best song but it’s sure in the top five. It turns us into a big ball of cheese because we just love it. Part of the reason is Sebastian Bach’s jaw-dropping vocals – oh and did we mention his live vocal performance is as good as the recording, if not better?
This track showcased his range.
“’I Remember You’ was the #1 prom song in the United States of America in the year 1990….You talk about making memories! Literally the whole country of America did their prom dance to ‘I Remember You’ one year, and that’s a real heavy memory to beat.” – Sebastian Bach
Anyone who was a teen in the late ‘80s surely heard this often on the radio. It was a chart-topping hit and most probably, it’s also everyone’s favorite ballad at the time of its release. Admit it, you know the lyrics by heart.
9. Whitesnake – “Is This Love?”
It’s hard to think of power ballads and not include this epic tune from Whitesnake. Sure, the title is like a promise that the song’s going to be tolerable, at best, but hey it delivers. Besides, it’s not every day you get to hear a track that talks about love and still rocks hard. With this, you get the best of both worlds.
Interestingly, this was originally written for Tina Turner.
“Before I’d left [for the south of France] a friend at EMI had asked me for any ideas that would work for Tina Turner. So that was where the original idea for “Is This Love” came from.” – David Coverdale
“Is This Love?” was a huge hit for the band and it peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It remains one of the greatest and most well-loved ballads of all time. It does give us a glimpse into the soft underbelly of David Coverdale and well, who can resist that?
8. Poison – “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”
When glam metal rockers Poison released “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” you’d think they were going bubblegum pop because of the reaction of some fans. But after all the doubts, skepticism and feelings of betrayal, the initial shock proved to be fruitless. As it turns out, it’s one of the band’s greatest musical moments.
The song itself is well, sad, and just full of drama. But Bret Michaels shined here. And as it turns out, it became their biggest hit.
“When we played Every Rose… for our label and management they told us it would end our career. They were like: ‘This song is not Poison. It starts with an acoustic guitar, and you’ve got this cowboy thing going on and it’s just sad’.” – Bret Michaels
Not only did it chart but it became one of their signature songs. Who would have thought Michael’s relationship problem could turn into a classic?
7. Def Leppard – “Love Bites”
When we mentioned earlier that stuff like this sells, it’s an absolute fact. This song was released at a time when power ballad was everything. It dominated the radio stations and everyone who went to prom had to dance to at least one of these tracks.
Def Leppard’s “Love Bites” was their only single to ever top the US Billboard Hot 100. Just like Poison, when this song was brought to their attention, they didn’t know what to make of it because it wasn’t something they’ve done before and it’s not exactly “Def Leppard.”
“It was just a standard rock ballad but it had something else going for it. Lyrically, it kind of painted a picture, and in a song you always want to do that, paint a picture. ‘On a dark desert highway,’ the first line of ‘Hotel California,’ great song, it just paints an image for you straight off the bat and that’s the sign of a really good song. It takes you right there. ‘Love Bites’ did that as well.” – Def Leppard’s Phil Collen
For every band with their first power ballad, it’s always a huge risk – but these songs have proven that most of those paid off nicely.
6. Warrant – “Heaven”
Like the previous groups, this power ballad became Warrant’s most commercially successful single. The response was so overwhelming even Warrant’s own producers were surprised with its success. You see, songs like this have a certain appeal even to skeptical listeners – those who swore they don’t like ballads.
The lyrics are dramatic and emotional, something you don’t think you’ll ever hear from bad ass rockstars. But here’s Jani Lane in all his bluesy glory, singing his heart out.
“It sucks that I get labeled as a ballad writer, but I figure, if I write good ballads, then screw it, I write good ballads. I’ve never been one of those people that think if it’s not X amount heavy, that it’s not cool.” – Jani Lane
He has a good point. One great ballad is still a thousand times better than five mediocre rock songs. Just ask all these groups on this list.
5. Bon Jovi – “Always”
One of Bon Jovi’s main selling points is of course how hot JBJ is. So imagine him singing “And I will love you, baby, always / And I’ll be there forever and a day, always / I’ll be there ’til the stars don’t shine / ‘Til the heavens burst and the words don’t rhyme…” in all his sexy glory.
It’s hyper-emotional, we know, but it’s a lovely track and a definite crowd favorite as evidenced by the numbers – more than 3 million copies sold worldwide.
“It’s a sick little twisted lyric. So many people feel it’s so romantic and so wonderful, but truthfully, this guy is practically a stalker. He’s a sick human being.” – Jon Bon Jovi
Wow, okay, somehow we didn’t think the guy’s a creep. We thought it was just him professing his strong love for the girl. Clearly, JBJ had other ideas. Still, the song sold big time and is still a classic hit.
4. Meat Loaf – “I’d Do Anything For Love”
How can we forget Meat Loaf’s epic ballad masterpiece people are still singing more than two decades after it was first released? It served as his comeback song and man, what a way to announce his arrival! It was a massive success – it topped the chart in several countries and earned platinum status.
It even gave Meat Loaf his Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo.
“It sort of is a little puzzle and I guess it goes by – but they’re all great things. ‘I won’t stop doing beautiful things and I won’t do bad things.’ It’s very noble. I’m very proud of that song because it’s very much like out of the world of Excalibur. To me, it’s like Sir Lancelot or something – very noble and chivalrous. That’s my favorite song on the record – it’s very ambitious.” – Meat Loaf
By now you probably know the music industry is very hard to please. And in line with that, this song actually made it to numerous WORST lists. Also, over the years there were speculations about what the “THAT” in “I won’t do that” refers to. Maybe that’s part of the appeal, no?
3. Journey – “Open Arms”
Journey’s biggest hit is also one of their signature songs. Even though it has been covered by other artists, it’s hard not to think of the original version and of course, Steve Perry’s spine-chilling vocal performance.
The thing is, behind every ballad there’s always a band member who’s against it. For them, they feel like they’re abandoning their style and betraying their fans but hey, some of them eventually come around. For Journey, it was guitarist Neal Schon who wasn’t exactly thrilled at the prospect of performing a track which he thought “sounds kinda Mary Poppins.”
“I had to keep my head down on the console when “Open Arms” was on. There is one line in the song that I always wanted to be a certain way. I have ideals about certain things. The line “wanting you near” — I just wanted that line to go up and soar. I wanted it to be heartfelt. Every time it would come by I would just have to keep my head down and try to swallow the lump in my throat. I felt so proud of the song.” – Steve Perry
Well he should be proud, it’s a beautiful track and an unforgettable one at that.
2. Guns ‘n Roses – “November Rain”
This is Guns ‘n Roses at their finest. GnR with all their bad boy image and typical rock lifestyle is not immune to the allure of power ballads. And they took this to the next level too with the help of an orchestra. It was nothing short of majestic.
It was released in 1992 but according to Tracii Guns, Axl Rose has been working on “November Rain” since 1983, around two years before GnR was formed. Well, all that hard work definitely paid off because it was commercially successful after selling over a million copies.
“When we were doing that EP for L.A. Guns, like ’83? He was playing “November Rain” — and it was called “November Rain” — you know, on piano. The guitar solo is amazing. Way back then. It was the only thing he knew how to play, but it was his. He’d go, “Someday this song is gonna be really cool.” And I’d go, “It’s cool now.”” – Tracii Guns
Only GnR can make something this dramatic still sound kick ass. Oh and don’t even get us started on the phenomenal music video. That’s seriously one for the books.
1. Aerosmith – “Dream On”
The ultimate power ballad is Aerosmith’s stellar tune “Dream On.” It was the band’s first major hit and until today, it continues to remain a staple in any classic rock radio station. It’s an incredibly touching tune that’s difficult not to love.
This song also showcased Steven Tyler’s talents – from singing to playing the piano part. The man was a musical powerhouse.
A news report on the ceremony launched for releasing the album G.R.A.V.I.T.Y
Finally, after a long wait, the first music album of Bijan Norouz titled G.R.A.V.I.T.Y was released. The album was released on November 30 (2018) in Ab-o-Atash (Water & Fire) Park within Gonbad Mina Planetarium in a splendid ceremony so spectacularly that the unequalled welcome did strike everyone as marveled. The ceremony had been designed in strict accordance with international standards set for releasing a worldwide album including the venue, stage, surround sound system and video broadcasting on the Planetarium’s video walls in HD was remarkable.
A musician, composer, and an audio engineering alumnus, Bijan Norouz, presented himself with a brand-new vision he held and a second-to-none music he composed, portraying himself as a thoughtful figure to the audience. In each piece, he has made a reference to a transnational issue, giving an account of a story that concerns all humans living on this terrestrial planet. In every single one of the music pieces of the album, and thanks to quantum sounds and a quintessentially physical sensation, you go on a space expedition, gaining a new experience interlaced with complex mysteries.
The album includes five pieces that have artistically made an appealing connection between the earth, sky, and space, and have held the work in high esteem.
The genre of the music in the album is Space Rock and Art Rock every piece of which follows a specific theme. The first piece is about the Life of the Sun in which the great cosmologist Stephen William Hawking’s voice is used, the second piece is concerned with light pollution and a look taken beyond the Earth. In the third piece, titled as The Voice of Our Earth, environmental issues with a space shuttle walkie-talkie steering you out of Earth have been paid attention to. The fourth piece is about northern aurora, and the fifth one concerns bomb and nuclear explosions where spectacular videos and marvelous photos have multiplied the charm owned by each piece in the album.
The attendance of some notable figures of astronomy and physics among other artists in the ceremony was of huge significance per se, since the presence of the artists and astronomers, sharing a mutual connection, is something that had never been experienced before in Gonbad Mina Planetarium. Among the other guests invited, Mr. Ehsan Mehrjoo (managing director of Herse Digital Publishing), Dr. Ramin Mas’udi-Bana (director of the Gonbad Mina Planetarium), the staff working at Music Office under the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance as well as Mrs. Golbarg Parvizi (the dexterous bass guitar player) stood out as more outstanding figures.
Another point worth paying attention to is Bijan Norouz who was introduced as a legal entity for the international company of Bijan Norouz Worldwide Music.
The album G.R.A.V.I.T.Y has been mixed and mastered in surround sound system coming in an audio version as stereo with 16bit and 44.1 kHz besides an eight-page notebook.
The video version of the album will soon be released to the market in surround sound system in two 5.1 and 7.1 formats with 24bit and 96kHz music qualities.
The name of the pieces goes as follows:
The Life of The Sun
The Light of The Earth
The Voice of Our Earth
The publication of the album G.R.A.V.I.T.Y has been done only physically for the time being due to the importance of sound and video quality, provided by Gramatune Online Magazine for avid art-lovers.
It should also be noted that the album has succeeded to achieve the following licenses:
Publication License Authorized by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance- 96-492
Drop-off Number of National Library of Iran – 19430
Global Trade Item Number – GTIN – 6269350200018
National Product Identification Number – 2412500935020001
Registration Number of Literary or Artistic Work – 97-3755
The International Standard Recording Code – ISRC
The Law for Protection of Authors, Composers and Artists Rights
In 2007, Hamed Babaei and Amir Khoshharf started to corporation and after several independent and unplugged performances, the first track of the band called “Slogan” which was written by Hamed is recorded.
Moreover, name of the band because of this track is selected “Slogan”. In 2015, Hamed changed name of the band to “Baramant”. Baramant is a misreading and dys-reading of the word “ Bār-e-Amānat”. Recording of the first album of the band started from December 2015.
In August 2016, the band went on the stage of Tehran university of art. The “Slogan”’s track was applied as the soundtrack on a film called “Free in Prison”. The film released in Lorsch, Germany in 2015 and also has been shown in the “Dastgah” music festival in Hannover, Germany in 2016.
Baramont went on stage of the “Independent Theater” in Tehran, in January 2017 and performed at the “Paliz Theater” in March of the year. In May 2017, Baramant’s band held a meeting in Tehran, titled “Rock Music and its Interaction with the Public Audience”, and in the event also some tracks of the band were played with the video.
In early 2017, Gantlop’s track was applied as the soundtrack of the “Unreachable” movie releasing at the “Veserburg” Museum, in Bremen, Germany over a period of three months. In August 2017, the band played at the cultural section of the Austrian embassy “ökft” in Tehran and in the presence of ambassadors from countries such as Austria and the Netherlands. In September of the year, Baramont had a performance, titled “Gantelope” at the “Darbast Platform “ of “Mohsen Gallery” in Tehran.
In August 2018, the band had a new performance at the “Darbast Platform “ of “Mohsen Gallery”, called “Deadroom”. And Performance – Live of the band with the name of “Inversion” was held in “Rooberoo Platform” in “Rooberoo mansion“ of Tehran in August 2018. So far, three single tracks of the band have been released, and soon the band’s album will be released.
Baramant released their new single track: Friendlessness
music and arrangement: Hamed Babaie
Guitars: Hamed Babaie, Amir Khoshharf
Bass: Farshad Ramezani
Drums sampling: Homayoon Majdzadeh
Mix and mastering: Homayoon Majdzadeh