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by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – An average melodic rock/AOR fan doesn’t need to be specifically introduced to NIVA. The Swedish act has created quite a buzz among the aficionados of the genre with their first album Magnitude just a year ago – but, as it turns out, [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Put your acid-washed denim jacket and your favorite worn-out Foreigner tee on … and don’t forget to comb back your hair, as it’s going to be a long but worthy trip thirty years back. The tour guides are, this time, the Swedish act NIVA, [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – A long, long time ago… that’s how a fairy tale about the Swedish band which never joined the first league of fame dominated by their peers Mötley Crüe and Bon Jovi, but which certainly had their share of success back in the ‘80s, should [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – With their 2009 debut Time Elevation and 2011 Idolizer, Grand Design made quite a buzz among melodic rock fans, having crafted what is perhaps the best Def Leppard albums that Joe Eliott and his gang never really recorded. And although this year saw [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Year after year, it’s getting clearer and clearer it must be something in the air in Scandinavia (or maybe it’s the water that is to blame?). Just because it’s the residents of this cold peninsula who tend to deliver the most melodic and [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Generic and repetitive, being a third-league copy of the particular artist’s original band – or too drastically apart from the previously taken music direction, laden with unnecessary sound experiments. That’s how things usually end up for [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Years before such hybrid genre-related terms as New Wave Of Swedish Sleaze Metal were coined, Scandinavia was a very fruitful land for a different genre to flourish. And no talking about black metal here – think the 1980s, think Treat, Da Vinci, [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Think catchy melodies, fine songwriting, polished production, big hooks, massive keyboard sound and power-chord-heavy guitar riffs. Call it AOR, AOR/Westcoast, Melodic Rock or lite metal — whatever the name is, within this particular (and often [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Five years ago they promised they’ll rock us to hell and back again – and as it seems, the Greek/American band Outloud doesn’t waste their breath! One of the best representatives of the younger generation in melodic rock return with a new album [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – For the majority of bands, raw and inexperienced at first, it takes much longer than just a few years and two albums to carve out their trademark sound. And yet, even with their 2009 debut album the Greek/American melodic rock act Outloud knew it was [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – The “older” generation of hard rock fans do it out of nostalgia, the “younger” out of longing for what they’ve never had a chance to experience themselves. And yet, you can hear almost everyone complaining there’s no time machine to be [...]