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Melodic Hard Rock

by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – In one form or another the reunited Thin Lizzy have been touring or playing live for the past fifteen years. It was 1996 when John Sykes decided to bring back the latest Thunder & Lighting formation of the band to pay tribute to the music of Phil [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Swedish rockers, House of Shakira will release their album Pay to Play on Sept. 23 on CD. On Oct. 7 the album will be available through digital outlets. This is the second album with lead singer Andreas Novak. It is supposed to be their best album by far, [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – If melodic hard rock is your religion, then you’ll want to make Faith Circus part of your creed. Hot damn if some of the songs on this new album aren’t good enough to put you on your knees thanking God, Jesus, or your deity of choice. Granted, the [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Fair Warning is one of the “big” names in the melodic hard rock world and as such, there is a tendency to excuse shortcomings for which other bands would be blasted. Well, if you’re inclined to indulge in that tendency, prepare to have lots of [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Australian trio Ragdoll’s second EP Here Today picks up where their promising debut release left off- with explosive and fascinating melodic hard rock. Starting off, title track “Here Today” is a gigantic hard rock anthem. Guitarist Leon Todd’s [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Spain’s Guru is the latest release from MelodicRock Records, first known as a website keeping the spirit of melodic Hard Rock and Heavy Metal alive, and now injecting its own passion for music to the masses via new artists. It’s hard to argue [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – It has been a good five years since the release of Redrum’s debut album No Turning Back. The Greek-German outfit fronted by renowned singer Michael Bormann has returned with a new offering in melodic hard rock effectively shattering one’s [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – It has been almost three years since Tobias Sammet released his arguably most ambitious creation in rock, the simultaneously marketed ‘twin’ albums The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon by Avantasia. Despite the outstanding all-star rock/metal [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – With their powerful production, huge hooks, kick-ass attitude, air guitar-igniting licks, and bigger-is-better backing vocals, De La Cruz dance so close to delectable awesomeness that you almost want to overlook the one flaw that knocks them down a few [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor / Senior Columnist – It’s been five years since Swiss melodic hard rockers Charing Cross’s debut album We Are…Charing Cross, one of the more promising debuts in the European melodic hard rock scene in recent years. The band is finally back with a [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – It really seems like yesterday when the debut album by some newcomer glam metal band boldly named Steel Panther hit the music stores in Europe; Feel the Steel became available in May 2009 effectively putting hair metal on the map as an international [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – Greek melodic hard rock band Danger Angel is back with their second full length album Revolutia. Danger Angel were one of the first Greek bands to establish a deal with American label Perris Records back in 2009 at which point their debut album was [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor / Senior Journalist – German melodic hard rock/metal band Voodoo Circle is back with their third album, titled More Than One Way Home. Voodoo Circle is, of course, the side project of former Silent Force (and current Primal Fear) guitarist Alex Beyrodt, [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Pink Cream 69 is an undisputed member of the elite class of melodic hard rock, the kind of band that rarely disappoints. Yes, some releases are better than others, but that is to be expected over the course of eleven studio albums and the fact is that [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Steven Adler has been battling demons for quite some time, from his brief time in Guns N’ Roses to his more recent appearance on Dr. Drew’s “Celebrity Rehab.” Over the years, drugs have taken their toll but never completely dampened Adler’s [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – It is nearly impossible to claim that AOR legend Jimi Jamison has been one to neglect his fans and audience in any way: 2011 saw the release of two full-length studio collaborations, the highly acclaimed Kimball – Jamison duet album and the lesser [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – William Shakespeare once wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Well, to paraphrase the bard, a Kane Roberts album by any other name would still sound as sweet. You see, when the Rambo-emulating guitarist who gained a following by [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Ten returns with their 10th studio album titled Heresy And Creed. Singer and songwriter Gary Hughes pulls in new members to the Ten family and follows up last year’s Stormwarning with a heavier album. Hughes, John Halliwell and Steve Mckenna welcome new [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Riding a tsunami of hype comes Bleed & Scream, the latest release from Swedish melodic rockers Eclipse. Visit music forums and read early reviews and you will find both customers and critics stumbling over themselves to heap praise on this album [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – With cover art showing a close-up of a woman’s leather-clad ass, member names like Nazzty, Roxx, Crash, and Sin, and song titles like “Hands of Rock” and “Wild at Heart,” nobody will mistake Excess All Areas for the latest Rush CD. This debut [...]
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