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Melodic Hard Rock

by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Swedish hard rock/heavy metal wrecking crew Fatal Smile returned this year with a new album, their fifth overall, titled White Trash Heroes. The hard rocking and relentlessly touring band has released a string of very impressive albums in recent [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – German melodic/power metal supergroup Unisonic is back with their second full-length album, titled Light of Dawn. Unisonic of course features bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69), drummer Kosta Zafiriou (ex-Pink Cream 69), and guitarist [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – My Way or the Highway is the second solo studio release by guitarist Tore St Moren. While Moren’s first solo disc, Devilbird, was an instrumental album, this time around, Moren offers us seven songs, featuring vocals and one instrumental. So, fans are in [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s hard to believe, but we’re already up to album number six from U.S.-based hard rockers Bombay Black. The hangover is barely faded from their 2012 album Bullets and Booze, and they’re already taking us on the Walk of Shame. [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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