CORELEONI [feat. Leo Leoni of GOTTHARD]
[feat. GOTTHARD guitarist Leo Leoni]
present ‘Like It Or Not’ music video
in celebration of new album;
’III’ out now
More dates in other European countries coming soon…!
The big day is here! Apptly titled ‘III’, the third studio album by Swiss-based hard rock quintet CORELEONI – band founder and guitarist Leo Leoni (GOTTHARD), Eugent Bushpepa (vocals), Jgor Gianola (guitars), Mila Merker (bass) and Alex Motta (drums) – has finally seen the light of day today via Atomic Fire Records. To showcase the record’s high quality, the band have simultaneously revealed a brand new music video for the track ‘Like It Or Not,’ which was created by Maurizio del Piccolo (Moviedel Productions; ‘Purple Dynamite’ & ‘Sometimes’) once again. Watch it over on YouTube, here: https://youtu.be/rYcjpo_sQr4.
Leo comments, “I’m super happy that our new record is finally out: after months of waiting following its tracking and released now via our new partners in Atomic Fire Records, we’re very excited for you — our loyal fan base — to hear our new tunes which feature our frontman Eugent for the first time. But that’s not all, as we have also put out another video single called ‘Like It Or Not’: it’s rather a party-suitable song and deals with a classic blues music theme, the devil trying to tempt mankind – in an ironical way, of course. Check it out and have fun with ‘III’, we can’t wait for your (hopefully positive) feedback!“
Purchase ‘III’ in the physical format of your choice [2-CD digipak (incl. 4-track bonus CD), coloured vinyl, limited edition box set (incl. coloured vinyl, 4-track 10″ bonus vinyl, slip mat, bottle opener keychain, poster, guitar pick set & certificate)], order it digitally or stream it now, here: https://coreleoni.lnk.to/IIIPR.
’III’ – Track Listing:
01. Let Life Begin Tonight
Bonus Tracks (2CD-digipak, box set & digital)
Produced by Leo Leoni, ‘III’ was also recorded by the maestro himself alongside Davide Pagano (GOTTHARD etc.) at Swiss Yellow House Studio. Mixing was handled by Charlie Bauerfeind (GOTTHARD, HELLOWEEN, BLIND GUARDIAN etc.) while the album was mastered by Sascha “Busy” Bühren at TrueBusyness Music (Berlin, Germany). Last but not least, Ekaterina Bosova Leonova created its memorable artwork.
They are one of the most passionate homages to classic hard rock that have stood out in recent years: CORELEONI. In the center of the formation literally beats the musical (lion) heart of guitar icon and GOTTHARD founding member Leo Leoni. Founded in 2018, CORELEONI surprised the rock community with their ‘The Greatest Hits – Part 1’, which was released seemingly overnight. The album, which revived the old GOTTHARD classics – and with them the spirit of the time – caused quite a stir.
Comparing GOTTHARD tracks like ‘Fist In Your Face’ and ‘I’m On My Way’ with new catchy anthems such as ‘Let Life Begin Tonight,’ ‘Purple Dynamite’ or ‘Guilty Under Pressure’ highlights the unbelievable timelessness and longevity of Leo Leoni’s songwriting clearly. With “modern vintage,” Leoni describes the style in his own words and hits the nail on the head: classic and yet always up to date.
New on board with CORELEONI is singer Eugent Bushpepa. With his powerful voice, he adds a whole new level of authenticity and old spirit to the songs. “I don’t think anyone has released an album like this in a long time,” Leo Leoni states. “Hardly anyone thinks and writes in this way anymore or still uses Les Pauls guitars and Marshall amps the way we do. Personally, as a rock fan, I’ve missed that a lot in recent years. And Eugent Bushpepa has turned out to be an absolute stroke of luck for that. He underlines vocally exactly what I feel like doing and what I want to hear on a new rock album.“
No doubt about it, CORELEONI are an absolute affair of the heart. Grown out of the musicians’ personal desire to hear a new rock album in exactly this style again, a strong spirit has emerged, which the musicians, long since welded to friendship, now want to carry out into the world.
In addition, the quintet have announced that they’ll be playing a string of concerts in Switzerland this November/December. More shows in other European countries are in the works. The current itinerary reads as follows:
More CORELEONI dates:
13.05. CH Langenthal – OldCapitol (‘III’ Release Party)
Eugent Bushpepa | vocals
Leo Leoni | guitars
Jgor Gianola | guitars
Mila Merker | bass
Alex Motta | drums
CoreLeoni – Like It Or Not
CoreLeoni – Sometimes
CoreLeoni – Purple Dynamite
CoreLeoni – Angel
CoreLeoni – Queen Of Hearts
CoreLeon – All I Care For