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Melodic Hard Rock

by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Abundance in cross-genre cover versions is a staple of the music industry nowadays. More than often, the difference between the song’s original version and the contemporary artist’s take on it is simply extreme music-wise… Each of you [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Animal Inside is the 7th studio release from Legion – the five-piece outfit fronted by Bob Catley’s guitarist Vince O’Regan and the prolific Phil Vincent. These Melodic Hard Rockers have refined slick songs, catchy hooks, and toe-tapping [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Talon’s new single “Holly Would” is illustrated with a sexually charged music video that shows a couple of ladies gyrating suggestively in various stages of undress. While watching it, you can’t escape the impression that what’s been [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – There’s hardly a subgenre of Rock that’s so easy to digest as Melodic Hard Rock/AOR – neat and catchy, relatively plain, with charming melodies and a certain degree of radio-friendliness that doesn’t require a trained ear to [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Apart from his songwriting brilliance and being the driving force behind Survivor and The Ides Of March, Jim Peterik also developed what could be called a “radar” for the first-league Rock vocalists. From Dave Bickler and Jimi Jamison [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Swedish Melodic Hard Rockers Nubian Rose returned at the close of 2014 with their second album, titled Mental Revolution. It’s the follow-up to their 2012 debut Mountain, and once again features the vocal talents of powerhouse singer Sofia [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – When it comes to acts such as the German Kissin’ Dynamite or the Melbourne-based quartet Mystery, it’s widely known that these musicians and subsequent bands started their careers at very early ages. On one hand, it’s a bit unfair to [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Path Of Destruction is the fifth studio release from the Phil Vincent fronted power trio Tragik. Following a familiar path, this new album displays what Phil Vincent does best – making modern, edgy melodic hard rock that tips its hat to the great bands [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – If you were a young glam metal fan living in Europe in mid 2000s and not quite satisfied only with watching faded music videos from the ‘80s, sometime between 2005 and 2007 there were two groups that really counted for you. On the more [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Now here’s an album that caused many a melodic rock fan to do a double-take. It’s not that a collaboration between super-vocalist Jorn Lande and Wig Wam guitarist Trond Holter is unusual, but did anyone really expect that [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – With Voices Of Rock, Wolfpakk or Frederic Slama’s AOR around and releasing one album after another, a studio-based project comprised of numerous big names of the scene is hardly a novelty in melodic rock. However, an idea behind Elements Of [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – After three years of struggle with happenings way beyond their control, White Widdow regrouped and rejuvenated so as to strike back again. Good news is that the Aussie rockers come back this year with what turns out to be their third album – [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Well, the guys in Adriangale sure didn’t waste any time following up their 2013 release Suckerpunch. Granted, it did take them the better part of a decade to get that one out, but still, it is a bit surprising in this day and age to [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – With their American counterparts having the time of their lives down the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, California, in the late ‘70s and the ‘80s the British must have had their mecca for rockers to hang out at too. Thus the emergence of the [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Once the wind filled his sails, Nigel Bailey’s apparently not about to rest on his laurels. This year he gained major recognition from fronting a British three-piece band Three Lions, whose self-titled debut album was released under the wing [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – After releasing a string of instrumental solo recordings, a Cairo-based Polish guitarist Andrzej Citowicz returns with a new EP. This time, however, he abandons the convention his listeners were familiar with in favor of the co-operation with [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – It’s been four years since melodic metal project Allen-Lande last released an album (2010’s The Showdown). Russell Allen has been active in Symphony X and Adrenaline Mob in the meantime, and Jorn Lande has released several solo albums [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – “You’re not my lover, is it wrong or right…? You’re not my lover, but you were last night…” Do you remember this tune? Maybe not as much an exact #1 chart favorite as a cult classic in Scandi melodic rock-oriented circles, the [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Imagine a melodic rock album that takes back you right into the heyday of the genre, the one that screams the late ‘80s with every single note and chord on it and rarely – if ever at all – wanders off this beaten track. With In Faith’s [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – It has to be clearly stated that there’s one slight hitch in exploring the musical spheres of what the reviewers usually dub Melodic Hard Rock. As there’s been many before those who carry the torch within this genre now, and perhaps twice [...]
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