“Lips Of Rain”, the new video from STEELHEART — the brainchild of Miljenko Matijevic, whose powerful voice and multi-octave range is the heart and soul of the band — can be seen below. The song is taken from the group’s new album, “Through Worlds Of Stardust”, which will be released on September 15 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Directed by Matijevic, the “Lips Of Rain” clip was partly filmed at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Other footage was shot in the Malibu hills.
Says Miljenko: “I cannot express how excited I am for you all to hear this new album. Our focus was to bring back the magic in the music with songs that have been lived, loved, laughed and struggled. I best describe this album as ‘deep, sexy, loving, twisted, romantic, and hungry rock ‘n’ roll.’ The record was recorded throughout parts of the world, including a live string section recorded in Stockholm, Sweden. I truly hope you enjoy this album as it was created from the heart and no corners were cut. Love you all; we look forward to seeing you on the road.”
Although they were lumped in with the glut of long-haired hard rock bands emerging in the early ’90s, STEELHEART was always more forward thinking than their peers and the 2017 version of the band has a contemporary and edgy feel, while still retaining the patented powerful vocals of Miljenko. On “Through Worlds Of Stardust”, Miljenko has fused his past, present, and future together, creating an undeniable piece of hard rock music. Certainly fans of the band’s first three classic albums will be happy to hear those powerful pipes back in action, but fans of modern hard rock acts like HALESTORM, SHINEDOWN, ALTER BRIDGE and other melodic-minded rock heavyweights will find much here to love.
STEELHEART released their self-titled debut album in 1990 and, based on the buzz around the hit single “I’ll Never Let You Go”, was a smashing success (for example, 33,000 albums were sold in one day in Japan) and quickly reached platinum sales. STEELHEART‘s sophomore album, “Tangled In Reins”, was released in 1992 to critical acclaim and rave reviews, but moderate success in terms of sales in the U.S. (by early ’90s standards) due to the well documented rise of grunge music; however, East Asia was a different story, where the band was widely embraced yet again. In the midst of promotion of the album, a serious accident happened on Halloween night in 1992, when an improperly secured lighting truss hit Matijevic on the back of the head, breaking his nose, cheekbone, jaw, and twisting his spine. Almost impossibly, Matijevic managed to walk off the stage of his own strength before being rushed to a hospital. STEELHEART, as it was known, ended that night.
Four years later, Matijevic formed a new version of STEELHEART with Kenny Kanowski (guitars), Vincent Mele (bass), and Alex Makarovich (drums) to record and release his third album, “Wait”. The album was very different musically from the previous two albums, but featured the song “We All Die Young” (millions of streams and counting on Spotify) which was later included as a re-recorded version in the movie “Rock Star”, which saw Matijevic providing the singing voice for Mark Wahlberg‘s character. The movie soundtrack was performed by Matijevic (and Jeff Scott Soto) on vocals along with Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne‘s then-guitarist and frontman of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN, FOREIGNER), and Jason Bonham.
“Through Worlds Of Stardust” track listing:
01. Stream Line Savings
02. My Dirty Girl
03. Come Inside
04. My Word
05. You Got Me Twisted
06. Lips Of Rain
07. With Love We Live Again
08. Got Me Runnin’
09. My Freedom
10. I’m So In Love With You
Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Guitars, Ebow Guitars: Miljenko Matijevic
Musicians on the album:
Guitars: Uros Raskovski
Bass: James “Rev” Jones, Sigve Sjursen, Jesse Stern
Drums: Mike Humbert, Randy Cooke
Piano: Daniel Fouché, Ed Roth
Guest guitar solo and part rhythm on “My Dirty Girl” by Kennet Kanowski
Strings composed and conducted by Glen Gabriel
Orchestrated by Anthony Weeden
Performed by Stockholm Strings