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Melodic Rock

by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Vervain is the latest solo release from Norwegian-born singer/songwriter Liv Kristine, who is also the lead singer for the symphonic folk metal powerhouse band Leaves’ Eyes and former front-person of Theatre of Tragedy. Like Liv’s other solo [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – What is it with Swedish bands and the Toto-worship? The Swedes have always led the rest of the world in melodic rock, but lately they’ve cornered the market on Toto’s brand of “West Coast” AOR. The latest band to take this [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Although it’s just their debut album that’s hit the shelves this summer, State Of Salazar are a group of experienced and versatile musicians, skilful in both progressive pop and ska – and also, having learned their chops in Malmö [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – British melodic rockers Vega are back with their third album, titled Stereo Messiah. When Vega debuted back in 2010 with Kiss of Life it was tempting to write the band – which features Tom and James Martin of Khymera – off as just [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – “It’s all in the family,” you might have thought when looking upon the family affairs that’s been the core of many a rock band throughout the history of the genre. Think brothers Duane and Gregg Allman crossing the border between the [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – A new name in town, perhaps, but certainly not a newbie, Ronny Lee has just introduced us to his ‘70s/early ‘80s arena rock sound with his first album “Original Retro.” Now an ambitious and talented singer reveals a bit more than his [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – American hard rockers Tango Down are back with a new album, their fourth overall, titled Charming Devil. The band made a major splash with their previous album (2012’s Identity Crisis), thanks in large part to the addition of David Reece [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Swiss melodic rock kings Gotthard are back with a new studio album, their eleventh overall, titled Bang!. It’s the second album since the unfortunate death of founding vocalist Steve Lee, whose shadow still looms large over the band. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 2008, Are You Ready to Rock was the third album from Swedish melodic rockers Eclipse. In recent years Eclipse, which features singer/guitarist Erik Martensson (also with W.E.T.) – has become one of the brightest [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – How many bands from the ‘80s were thought of as promising or attention-grabbers back in the day, only to fall into obscurity and be lost in the midst of time as soon as the decade ended? A countless number, perhaps, as one can count on their [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – There has been a resurgence in recent years of Toto-inspired AOR. Bands like Sonic Station, Lionville and Houston have all done well revisiting that classic sound, but the unquestioned leader of the new AOR pack is Sweden’s Work of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Lest we think that British rock is all Coldplay and Radiohead, here comes York-based Scream Arena to remind us that British rock n’ roll used to be fun. The band hooked up with melodic rock veteran Paul Sabu (Only Child) to bring [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Do you remember Vanilla Ninja? This Estonian all-female band, whose music skillfully balanced on a border between radio-friendly pop rock and keyboard-driven ‘80s-infused pomp rock, enjoyed some success in the mid-2000s. Then, they ended up [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything new from Firehouse, but vocalist C.J. Snare hasn’t been sitting idle. Along with Furyon guitarist Chris Green (as well as guitarist Jeff Lerman, bassist Simon Farmery and drummer Robert [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Put your acid-washed denim jacket and your favorite worn-out Foreigner tee on … and don’t forget to comb back your hair, as it’s going to be a long but worthy trip thirty years back. The tour guides are, this time, the Swedish act NIVA, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Back in 2011, Swedish AOR sensation Houston followed up their acclaimed self-titled debut with a collection of covers (and a few extras), titled Relaunch. Now with two full-length albums out, Houston is going back to that idea with [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Gone are the days when hard rock was exclusively a boys’ thing, women’s role within the genre limited only to rolling around on the hood of a Jaguar – at least, it seems so! Although the ‘80s saw the rise (and fall) of a few notable [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Do you remember 91 Suite? They created quite a buzz among melodic rock fans with their self-titled debut back in 2002 and even topped it with its follow-up Times They Change three years later. And yes, the singer sounded as a cross of Jon Bon Jovi [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – From Kerrang! and Metal Hammer to Classic Rock and Fireworks, Night By Night are gaining enthusiastic reviews from every rock-oriented media outlet. With their unique, ‘80s-AOR-meets-contemporary-rock sound, this UK-based melodic rock act is on [...]
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 [...]
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