Melodic Rock

Work of Art | In Progress

by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer — Swedish AOR/melodic rock group Work of Art caused quite a stir in 2008 with the release of their debut album Artwork and has since been regarded as one of most promising newcomer AOR acts. Work of Art is essentially a musical trio featuring lead singer Lars [...]

Issa | The Storm

by Mark Allen Staff Writer Issa, the Norwegian bombshell with a voice as gorgeous as her physical attributes, is back with her sophomore album, and while The Storm is good, it sometimes sounds like the golden-throated goddess is still struggling to find her niche. She doesn’t want to be labeled a [...]

Xorigin | State of the Art

by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer Having such monster bands as Journey, Def Leppard and Whitesnake under one’s roster and yet providing a newcomer act with the opportunity of debuting on the very same label is no small favor. State of the Art is the debut album by Swedish-Norwegian melodic rock [...]

Greg X | Dream

by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer Dream is the brand new debut album by UK-based hot-shot guitarist Greg X. Within the music industry, Greg is quick to position himself as is an independent artist, though producing an album of major-label proportions. It has to be clear that Dream is not an [...]

Captain Black Beard | Hey Man

by Joe Mis Staff Writer Sweden’s music scene has expanded considerably and the country is now well and truly much more than just the birthplace of melodic death metal. The latest example of this broader scene is Captain Black Beard, a melodic/pop rock quartet with a definite softer but [...]

Shy | Shy

by Justin Gaines Staff Writer Long running British melodic rock band Shy is back with a new album after a six-year absence that saw founding vocalist Tony Mills departing to join the ranks of TNT. Shy has gone without Mills’s services once before (with 1994’s ill-received Welcome to the [...]

Riverdogs | World Gone Mad

by Justin Gaines Staff Writer At this point it probably shouldn’t come as such a surprise when a long inactive classic band gets back together. This year alone has seen reunion/comeback albums from Black n’ Blue, King Kobra and Unruly Child after all. Still, a new release from the way too [...]

Wild Rose | Half Past Midnight

by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer Half Past Midnight is the brand new, debut album by Greek-based AOR/melodic rock band Wild Rose issued by Retrospect records. A part of the Greek underground scene since the mid ‘00s, Wild Rose take the valiant step of an international album release in September. [...]

Airrace | Back to the Start

by Justin Gaines Guest Staff Writer Even in an era that has seen a lot of unanticipated reunion of ‘80s rock acts, did anyone ever expect to see another Airrace album more than a quarter century after their debut? The band, which featured a young drummer named Jason Bonham, released exactly one [...]

Miss Behaviour | Last Woman Standing

by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer Miss Behaviour is a Swedish melodic hard rock/glam metal band and Last Woman Standing is their brand new second album. The line up features lead singer/bassist Sebastian Roos, guitarist Erik Heinke, key player Henrik Sproge and drummer Anders Berlin. It would be [...]
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