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Melodic Hard Rock

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 all of [...]
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 passion for [...]
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 known [...]
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 and [...]
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 from [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – When Kane Roberts, the muscle-bound guitarist best known for slinging the axe for Alice Cooper on the legendary Constrictor and Raise Your Fist and Yell albums, released this solo effort back in ‘91, he created one of the greatest melodic hard rock [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Recapturing the spirit of the ‘80s hard rock scene can be almost as difficult as trying to catch an eel after dunking your hands in Vaseline, but that doesn’t stop bands from trying. This time around it’s Brazil-based Slippery having a go at hair metal [...]
by Marcel “Mars” Groeneveld - Columnist – Lita Ford, a British born rocker who grew up on the streets of L.A., is considered one of the most important female representatives of the rock genre. As a founding member of the Runaways, Ford was part of one of the first girl groups who [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Those following closely the heavy metal scene would probably agree, there was somewhat of a minor resurgence of the guitar hero axiom in Europe during the late ‘90s with such talents as Magnus Karlsson, Jaron Sebstian Raven, Gus G and Rolf Munkes making [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll dreams, it seems axiomatic that the fire of raw hunger belongs solely to the young. Granted, there are exceptions to the rule—rules always have exceptions—but are there any headbangers out there who would argue that Reload [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – From ‘94 to ‘04, Jaded Heart, fronted by the golden voice of Michael Bormann, was a melodic hard rock band, and a great one at that. Then Bormann got kicked to the curb and the sound of his dismissal reverberated through the melodic rock community, signifying [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Since the release of their debut- Double Eclipse – in 1992 it took a good decade for the world to see a second Hardline album (II) and another seven years for a third one (Leaving the End Open); so clearly few would have expected a fourth Hardline [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – There is a song on Money, Sex & Power called “Sleaze Deluxe” and that title could also serve as a perfect two-word encapsulation of this album. For their third time at bat, these youngsters have knocked it out of the park by joining the ranks of the [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Once upon a time, fans of this Norwegian glam rock band would wig out whenever they released a new album, their excitement as justified as putting a bullet in a pedophile’s brainstem because the band’s debut was fantastic and was followed up by a genuine [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Fans who have been chomping at the bit to sink their teeth—well, ears, technically—into this comeback album from Trixter will find it to be a mixed bag. There are some sweet melodic hard rock treats to be savored, but there are some less-tasty tricks as well. [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Half a decade has passed since this German band released their last CD. In the world at large, much has changed since then. Obama is the President of the United States. Bin Laden bit a bullet. Miley Cyrus is now legal. But what has not changed in those five years [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – For those melodic rock fans who have a habit of digging into the underground hard rock scene, the name Phil Vincent should be more than a well-known one. The singer-guitarist-songwriter debuted in the mid-late ‘90s as a solo artist and in the process gave [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – The latest entry in Tom Galley’s long-running super-group series sees the man summoning another impressive talent pool to deliver the songs, and therein immediately lies the problem: the talent is impressive, the songs… not so much. Listening to this album, [...]
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