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Melodic Rock

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 [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Finnish melodic/glam/sleaze/party (take your pick) rockers Santa Cruz are back with a new album, their third overall. It’s a self-titled release, which typically means a band is: a) redefining their sound or b) going back to their roots after an [...]
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 Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — After seven long years, we finally saw the return of Dan Swano’s Nightingale at the end of 2014. Retribution is the title of the new album, the band’s seventh release to date, and the first we’ve seen since 2007’s White Darkness. [...]
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 — There’s hardly more original way for a Rock band to debut than to record a cover version of… an EDM hit. But with their eagerly awaited, full length album Reach Out To Rock, the Swedish quartet Reach proved there’s much more to them than [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Fans of female fronted Melodic/AOR Rock rejoice! Norwegian singer Issa is back with her latest studio release entitled Crossfire, and it is packed with enough energy to please even the most jaded listener, and surprise even her most devoted fans. Cut from [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — In the current decade, there hardly has been a year without an album released by Frédéric Slama’s AOR. In 2012, fans of the star-studded project under this moniker were treated with two recorded albums seeing the light of day. However, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Is there a hotter name in melodic rock these days than Erik Martensson? Between peforming in W.E.T. and writing and producing for names like Toby Hitchcock, Jimi Jamison and Adrenaline Rush, he has made a big impact on the melodic rock scene in the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — 2014 seems to have been a banner year for new projects and collaborations by veteran melodic rock artists. Here’s one of the better ones that didn’t get much notice (but probably should have). Skyscraper features vocalist Lee [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Although it’s rather raw hard rock sound of AC/DC and Rose Tattoo that you associate immediately with the land Down Under, there’s much more that Australia holds in store for the rock-oriented music fans. From the Melbourne-based pomp rock [...]
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