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Melodic Hard Rock

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, [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — A musician who’s been recognizable and sought-after for years, touring and recording a lot, but still not able to show all his talents – until now. That’s Nalle Påhlsson’s story in a nutshell, as the Swedish bass player has been [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Few things in this world are as predictable as line-up changes within Whitesnake. Last year’s brought the news of Doug Aldrich leaving the group only to be replaced by Joel Hoekstra (formerly of Night Ranger and Trans-Siberian Orchestra – [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Apparently set to remain the most prolific – and also the busiest – band in the Melodic Hard Rock universe, Ten returns with a new EP only a few months after the release of their full-length Isla De Muerta. Equipped with quite a few [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Even though the cover artwork of this album could have been a rejected idea for a mid-‘90s Skynyrd album (or a washed-up country star even), it’s no such thing but rather another largely anticipated Rock release. A decade after his first [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — It was 2012, Denis Ward’s finishing touch and Perris Records’ auspices when the previous album released by the Italian act under the moniker of Beverly Killz saw the light of day. Rave reviews of Gasoline & Broken Hearts earned [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Prolific singer and songwriter Phil Vincent (solo artist, Legion, D’Ercole, Tragik) has struck again! He’s just released what in effect are 3 CDs worth of material with long time collaborator and guitar whiz Vince O’Regan. Unreleased, [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — With Michael Bormann’s new solo material being finally finished, recorded and released, one could have treated his last year’s “best of ballads” compilation Love Is Magic as a postscriptum – or a rundown – to a finished chapter. [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Even if pink’s the new black, the deliberately cheesy cover artwork for this album is not exactly a sight for the sore eyes. And still, it’s good news to see Hungryheart back in the game, five years after their previous album One Ticket To [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Swedish melodic hard rockers Degreed are back with a new album, their third to date, titled Dead But Not Forgotten. Degreed of course features the vocal (and bass) talents of Swedish Idol finalist Robin Ericsson alongside guitarist Daniel Johansson, [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Piratical stories… The spellbinding mystery oozing from them, freedom of sailing the seven seas unrestrained. All of us remember reading these gripping tales which fed our wildest dreams in the early days of ours. Those were the tales of [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — We Rock/Metal listeners are people who perceive the world in simplistic categories, it seems. In accordance with this fact, new and coming bands are given every right to make drastic changes style- and sound-wise, either to define their own [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Fans of the Kiske/Somerville project, which paired vocalists Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween) and Amanda Somerville, have something to celebrate this year. Their 2010 debut album was thought to be a one-off, but the duo is back [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — American Melodic rockers Maxx Explosion are back with a new album, their second, titled Dirty Angels. Maxx Explosion is, of course, the band put together by House of Lords musicians Chris McCarvill (who also handles lead vocals here), [...]
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 [...]
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