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Melodic Rock

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 [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Well, the guys in Adriangale sure didn’t waste any time following up their 2013 release Suckerpunch. Granted, it did take them the better part of a decade to get that one out, but still, it is a bit surprising in this day and age to [...]
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 [...]
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