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Melodic Hard Rock

by Alexandra Mrozowska — Sr. Columnist — The tendency among the renowned acts to record the cover albums paying homage to their early influences seems to grow these days. It always evokes mixed emotions among listeners – especially those who dare to think the lack of new, original [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska — Sr. Columnist — You should never judge a book by its cover, they say, and judging the artist’s current ventures from the perspective of his past output may be equally misleading. However, sometimes you take a look at an artist’s resume and somehow you [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska — Sr. Columnist — Although it can’t be stated yet that the music industry relies on high-profile reunions more than it does on new and upcoming artists, the familiar names and familiar style of their collaboration are always successful at drawing people’s [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — Germany’s Pink Cream 69 are back, with this their 12th studio outing, Headstrong, released on the always great Frontiers Records label. And holy hell, David Readman, and company have released another spectacular slice of Melodic Hard Rock. With [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — With a career now spanning an incredible 30 years, here on this his seventh solo outing, released on the Frontiers Records label, Soto continues the brand of music he does so well – hard driving, truthful, heavy, and melodic. Fans of Pink [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — Moodier, darker, and in parts even heavier than past studio albums is Ten’s latest, their 13th, Gothica, released on the Frontiers Records label. A listen shows a mesh of Hard Rock, the Melodic, and AOR, while the smooth, rich almost operatic [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — For those in the know, it should come as no surprise when it is said that the Italian label Frontiers has become masters in the art of creating the “supergroup.” Find Me, The Defiants, One Desire, Revolution Saints, Prime Suspect, Khymera, [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Classic Albums Revisited — TNT’s much anticipated My Religion heralded the return of the band, as the new album was its first full-length album with original band members since 1987s Tell No Tales. Following up 2003’s teaser EP release [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Ken Cassell, better known as Ken Orth, is in the process of resurrecting his band, Wycked Synn. Thirteen years after the release of The Vision, the album is being reissued on HighVolMusic. The debut release of Wycked Synn’s The Vision is the only [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — Taking a more melodic, more mature, cleaner, more harmonic, but yet heavier approach to their songwriting is Danger Angel’s latest, its 3rd, All The King’s Horses released on the outstanding MelodicRock Records label, and the follow up [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — 2016 has proven itself to be one hell of a year for lovers of Melodic Hard Rock with Treat, Cry Of Dawn, Palace, Tango Down, Nordic Union, Seven, Dante Fox, Ted Poley, and the beyond astonishing release by Pretty Maids, all of whom have released [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — Coming together in 1984 as Enough Z’nuff in Illinois, it was in the latter part of that decade that the band would change their name to Enuff Z’nuff and began to slowly build up a loyal fan base through their relentless touring. The [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — It has gotta be said, it just doesn’t get better than this. Integrating so many things that make something great – one of the great bands of Melodic Hard Rock, fronted by one of the great voices, remastered by one of the great talents in [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Paul Sabu (Only Child) has joined forces with Phil Vincent and delivered their first studio album under the moniker Cranston. Sabu is known for working with artists such as Lee Aaron, David Bowie, Little Caesar, Alice Cooper, Jesse Damon, Fatal Smile, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Swedish melodic rockers Dynazty raised a lot of eyebrows when they reinvented themselves as a Heavy Metal band for their 2014 album Renatus. They went from playing Hardcore Superstar/Crashdiet-style Sleaze Rock to a much harder-hitting (yet still [...]
by Justin Gianes – Sr. Columnist — German melodic hard rockers Kissin’ Dynamite are back with a new album, its fifth overall, titled Generation Goodbye. It’s the first album the band produced on their own and is yet another example of why they’re one of the most [...]
by Alex Barbieri – Sr. Columnist — Any connoisseur of late ’80s Los Angeles “Hair Metal” (for lack of a better term) is familiar with Silent Rage, who gained some notoriety with their Gene Simmons-produced album, Don’t Touch Me There, released in 1989 on Simmons [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — With Treat, The Defiants, Drive She Said, Jeff Scott Soto, Sunstrike, Ted Poley, First Signal and Vega all lately releasing a standout collection of music, 2016 is already panning out to be another grand year for fans of the kind of music that never [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — Recent years brought abundance of Melodic Rock/AOR bands and projects – almost to the point of losing track among the vast number of them. One of the projects which might not ring a bell yet but are still a real treat for the genre’s [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — What does an established act releasing a self-titled album suggest? The usual policy in the music industry is that the self-titled album is a debut one, therefore an introduction of an artist or a band to the audience. Among the older acts, [...]
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