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Melodic Rock

by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — 2016 sees the debut of Phantom 5, a bonafide supergroup featuring some of the brightest stars in the German Melodic Rock scene. The band was formed by vocalist Claus Lessmann (until recently the voice of Bonfire) and guitarist/singer/producer Michael [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — It was a pretty big deal when legendary Swedish Melodic Rock band Treat returned after a nearly two-decade absence in 2010. That they did so with arguably the strongest album of their career in Coup de Grace was just the icing on the cake. Then they [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — German Hard Rock turned Melodic Metal band Jaded Heart is back with a new studio album, their twelfth overall, titled Guilty By Design. The band has some new blood this time around, with guitarist Masahiro Eto and drummer Bodo Strickler replacing long [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — The overall tendency of many seasoned Rock musicians is to go back to their roots – which in practice usually becomes the (in)famous tendency to go Country at some point in their careers. Some attempts at doing so are worthwhile artistically. [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Canadian Rock vixen Lee Aaron has been on a hiatus of sorts. After the release of 2004’s Beautiful Things, she took a step back from the spotlight, focusing on her family. With 11 studio albums released at that time, going back to her 1982 debut, The Lee [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Ah, the dreaded double-dip, when barely a year after an album is released, fans are asked to buy a second, “deluxe edition” with all sorts of extras. It’s a fairly recent trend and ones that a lot of fans have (justifiably) complained about. [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — Los Angeles-related album titles and cover artwork distinctively Californian in theme are hallmarks for the AOR series now – associated of French musician Frédéric Slama and his star-studded project immediately, now that the 15th album [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Right on schedule, Swiss Melodic Hard Rock veterans Shakra are back with a new studio album, their tenth overall, titled High Noon. The big news from the Shakra camp is that vocalist Mark Fox, who was the frontman for Shakra’s best albums, is [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Resurrection Kings is one of two high-profile projects that debuted this year featuring former Dio guitarists (Vivian Campbell’s Last in Line being the other). Resurrection Kings features guitarist Craig Goldy, who played on Dio’s Dream [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Right on schedule, British Melodic/Pomp Rock legends Magnum are back with a new studio album. It’s titled Sacred Blood ‘Divine’ Lies, and is their 18th studio release (19th if you count that acoustic album they did way back when). [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — After a seven-year absence, Melodic Rock project Khymera returned at the end of 2015 with a new album, their fourth to date, titled The Grand Design. This is the first Khymera album not to feature founder Daniele Liverani. Instead, bassist/vocalist [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — It almost isn’t fair to all the other Melodic Rock bands planning on new releases this year. 2016 just started and the bar for Melodic Rock has been set impossibly high by the debut of Nordic Union, a new Frontiers project that pairs Pretty Maids [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Melodic rockers Voodoo Circle help close out 2015 on a high note with Whisky Fingers, their fourth studio album. The band is, of course, the brainchild of Silent Force/Primal Fear guitarist Alexander Beyrodt and features an all-star lineup that [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist — Sweden once again offers up some tasty melodic hard rock to satisfy the world’s musical appetite. S.A.Y. is a new project featuring longtime members of StoneLake, which pumped out six studio records between 2006 and 2013. As you might expect from an album [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Now here’s something you don’t see every day. Swedish Hard Rock band Casablanca, which features former Alice Cooper/Electric Angels guitarist Ryan Roxie as well as members of bands like Sahara Hotnights and Melody Club, has a new album out, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — As the 1980s came to a close, Los Angeles-based Heavy Metal band Bitch thought it was time for a change. Bitch was one of the earliest bands signed to the Metal Blade label, but was struggling to reach the kind of wider audiences that the Hollywood [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — In 2013 guitarist/songwriter Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Kiske-Somerville, Starbreaker, Allen-Lande) released his debut solo album, titled Free Fall, which featured guest vocals from several A-list singers who had collaborated with him in the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Old Habits Die Hard may just be the most unexpected release of 2015. Former Angel (yes, that Angel, whose last release was in 1979) frontman Frank DiMino returned after a very long absence this year with his very first solo album. And he’s in [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Best known as the frontwoman for Heavy/Power Metal band Benedictum, Veronica “The V” Freeman is spreading her wings with the launch of her solo career. Now or Never is her debut solo offering, and she has assembled quite the array of supporting [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It has been way too long since NWOBHM-turned-melodic rock band Praying Mantis delivered some new music. It’s been four years since their Metamorphosis release, and that was just an EP of re-recordings. Their last proper studio album – the [...]
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