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Melodic Hard Rock

by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Norwegian guitarist Kjetil By, with the help of some very well respected friends, has just released his fourth solo album entitled Better Days. Fans of commercial rock will truly appreciate this long awaited release thanks to the fine work of Kjetil’s [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Captain Black Beard seems to “have it all,” a fancy band name, a team of solid musicians, the renowned producers to work with, a critically acclaimed debut album … The only task they have to face now with their sophomore effort entitled Before [...]
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 the [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Were you awe-stricken by any of the W.E.T. releases, or Joe Lynn Turner’s project Sunstorm? Were the classic records of the ‘80s era Rainbow, FM and Foreigner a soundtrack to your youth? And the most important issue, perhaps – do you treasure [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – My Revolution is no revolution for Johnny Lima music-wise – this is a fact that needs to be stated in the first place, in spite of the album’s title. The fifth album by the Made In California rocker brings an expected solid dose of ‘80s-infused [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – North Carolina-based melodic rockers No Love Lost made their debut last year on the Kivel Records label with this self-titled offering. The band features vocalist Scott Board, who fans of the NC scene might recall from bands like Dimage and [...]
by Ron Higgins - Columnist – Although they have only released two studio albums, melodic rock supergroup W.E.T. have released an impressive live album that needs to be in the collection of every rocker who likes big hooks, big melodies and big choruses. For the uninitiated, W.E.T. is the [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Linda and The Punch are a young English band that are planting a firm foot in the modern rock industry. Linda’s voice is a prominent forefront for their album, Obsession. Her voice is an odd mix of sweetheart meets Pat Benatar sass. The contributions from this [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Colomnist – Staunch House of Lords fans can’t really rail against the politics of their favorite band – just a few months after James Christian’s solo album Lay It All On Me saw the light of day, the newest collective effort of the whole group arrives – [...]
by Justin Gainesx - Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been a long time coming – nine years to be exact – but melodic hard rockers Adriangale are finally back with a new studio album, their fifth overall, titled Suckerpunch. Adriangale is probably best known for featuring Guardian [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – The Swedish near-supergroup Lover Under Cover has just released Into The Night, a solid follow up to 2012′s debut Set The Night On Fire. Despite this being a sophomore album, the members of Lover Under Cover have many decades of experience, and it shows [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas - Columnist – It has been a good three years since the release of the remarkable melodic rock debut of all-star band W.E.T. (the musical combination of Work of Art, Eclispe and Talisman). While the original concept brought together a member from each of the bands [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Dreams of the Heart is the third release from melodic rock act D’Ercole, and it certainly is a solid one. Never one to be caught resting on his laurels, Phil Vincent continues to produce solid music – this time in conjunction with guitarist Damian [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas - Columnist – In one form or another the reunited Thin Lizzy have been touring or playing live for the past fifteen years. It was 1996 when John Sykes decided to bring back the latest Thunder & Lighting formation of the band to pay tribute to the music of Phil [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Swedish rockers, House of Shakira will release their album Pay to Play on Sept. 23 on CD. On Oct. 7 the album will be available through digital outlets. This is the second album with lead singer Andreas Novak. It is supposed to be their best album by far, and it [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – If melodic hard rock is your religion, then you’ll want to make Faith Circus part of your creed. Hot damn if some of the songs on this new album aren’t good enough to put you on your knees thanking God, Jesus, or your deity of choice. Granted, the devil [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Fair Warning is one of the “big” names in the melodic hard rock world and as such, there is a tendency to excuse shortcomings for which other bands would be blasted. Well, if you’re inclined to indulge in that tendency, prepare to have lots of excuses [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Australian trio Ragdoll’s second EP Here Today picks up where their promising debut release left off- with explosive and fascinating melodic hard rock. Starting off, title track “Here Today” is a gigantic hard rock anthem. Guitarist Leon Todd’s excellent [...]
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