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Melodic Hard Rock

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 catchy… [...]
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 musicians [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – The busiest man in Rock and Roll strikes again. From the heavy metal hotbed of Rhode Island, vocalist-multi-instumetalist-songwriter Phil Vincent has recently released another solo album entitled Slave To Sin. A bit heavier and edgier than his last release, [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Have you, melodic rock aficionados, managed to cool off after the late 2013 release of Frédéric Slama’s AOR project, The Secrets Of LA…? The apparently restless French musician and producer doesn’t let his listeners for this, as just a few months [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – In 2012, Norwegian melodic rockers Valerie (an all-male band, despite what the name would lead you to believe) released their eponymous debut with the stated goal of being “1987 in 2012” and they succeeded remarkably well. It is now two years later and [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Should someone walk up to you and say, “If Laney’s Legion appears on any Top Ten lists at the end of the year, I’ll eat my shorts,” go ahead and take the bet, because when December rolls around, you’ll enjoy watching them chow down on their own [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – With enthusiastic reviews from the renowned UK music magazines – from Kerrang! and Classic Rock to Fireworks – and names such as Voodoo Six or Sisters of Mercy featured in résumé of the respective band members, Night By Night are a band you can’t [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – After nine studio albums over the course of a nearly two-decade career, it makes sense for Swiss melodic hard rockers Shakra to release a “best of” collection, and like everything the band touches, they do it with style. 33 – The Best of [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Tattooed Woman is the debut album from Miracle Master, the new German melodic hard rock band formed from the ashes of Pump. Pump didn’t exactly set the melodic rock world on fire, but now that they’ve hooked up with Danish vocalist Oliver [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – In 2008, the Swedish melodic rock act named H.E.A.T emerged from the Nordic wilderness to bring catchy guitar-laden melodies and huge ‘80s-infused choruses back with their self-titled debut album. Six years later, they return after some major line-up [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – If thinking about a contemporary band that embodies the term “pomp rock” in the strict sense of the word, the Finnish melodic rock act Brother Firetribe is one of the first that come to mind. What’s been started as one of many side-projects of the [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Once again, the Italian metal scene has given the world another gem of a band. Old Man’s Cellar, a five-piece hailing from Modena, has successfully blended modern techniques and old school hair metal influences into a lively and enjoyable debut album [...]
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 [...]
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