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Melodic Rock

by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Melodic rock/metal vocalist David Readman, best known as the frontman for both Pink Cream 69 and Voodoo Circle, released his debut solo album in 2007. It came at a time when the Frontiers label was licensing some – but not all – of [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – New York-based rock act Bob Dee with Petro – comprised of the singer/guitarist Bob Dee and his backing band – released their greatest hits compilation entitled Burning Rain just a while ago. Having chosen the large number of 17 tracks [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been five long years since Finnish melodic rock band Free Spirit released their unforgettable debut album Pale Sister of Light, but they’re finally back with a follow-up album, titled All the Shades of Darkened Light. The band [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Years before such hybrid genre-related terms as New Wave Of Swedish Sleaze Metal were coined, Scandinavia was a very fruitful land for a different genre to flourish. And no talking about black metal here – think the 1980s, think Treat, Da Vinci, [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Frontiers Records melodic rock explosion continues! And so does, it seems, the present tendency for super-groups to spring up — in recent months several more appeared, one of them being L.R.S. Their newly released Down To The Core album is a unique [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Take a three-piece band, consisting of two-thirds of the musicians whose legendary status has already been deservedly attained in the melodic rock scene. Add some classic rock inspirations and brilliant songwriting. Stir together with a producer with [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Danish hard rockers D-A-D (briefly known as Disneyland After Dark) celebrate their 30th Anniversary this year, a fact that may surprise a lot of American fans who only know the band from their breakthrough 1989 album No Fuel Left For the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Long running Danish melodic metal band Pretty Maids has been on a hot streak lately. Since 2010 they’ve released two amazing new studio albums (2010’s Pandemonium and 2013’s Motherland), a killer live CD/DVD set (2012’s It Comes [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – The Birmingham-based Magnum belongs in the particular league of privileged bands, after the last few decades they’re a band who does not need to prove anything anymore, and simply live up to their well-deserved reputation. For the audience enamored [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Guitarist and composer Adrian Galysh returned in 2013 with a new solo album, his fourth overall, titled Tone Poet. This time around Galysh is joined by vocalist Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Royal Hunt, Ring of Fire), bassist Phillip Bynoe [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – If you’re looking for that melodic rock “surprise hit” of 2013, the album that sneaked in under the radar from an unexpected source (Germany’s Power Prog label) and just blew away the competition, look no further than The Sound [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Hardcore Superstar, the godfathers of the Swedish sleaze rock scene returned earlier this year with a new album, their ninth overall, titled C’Mon Take On Me. In the nearly 15 years since the band debuted, a whole wave of party rocking [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Dear Sanity is the debut offering from melodic hard rock newcomers LaValle. Led by guitarist Eddie LaValle and featuring bassist Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse), vocalist Carsten “Lizard” Schulz (Evidence One) and drummer Ramy Ali [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – The First’s second album Take Courage is sure to send this rock quintet into the big league. Hailing from the small UK market town of Wisbech on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border, The First follow in the footsteps of Deaf Havana and Mallory Knox to [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – In 2010 German melodic rock label, Avenue of Allies released Shining Line, one of the most ambitious albums of their catalog, an all-star melodic rock project based on the songwriting core of bassist Amos Monti and drummer Pierpaolo Monti. 2013 sees [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – German AOR Label signs Greek-based melodic rock band. Déjà vu? Well, the renowned AOR Heaven seems to be keeping an attentive eye over the Greek rock industry having already signed such artists as Andy Rock and Wild Rose. This time they picked up [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – In melodic rock circles, disrespecting James Christian will earn you five knuckles right in the kisser and deservedly so—the man is a singing legend, a vocal god. So it is with the utmost respect that his latest solo album must be dubbed a moderate [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – We Are Infinity is the second full length release from the Swiss sextet AudioLegend. Naming your band AudioLegend is a bit presumptuous and egotistical, but at least they make a valid attempt at living up to it by making solid and enjoyable (but not [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Robin Beck is full of surprises with her new album Underneath. She allowed for some new writers to submit material to her this time. It was a great decision on her part, because she was “blown away” by what she found. In addition to her, Denander and [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – The Wild Rose camp has got to be one of the hardest working in the Greek rock scene; in 2011 Wild Rose debuted with Half Past Midnight, an album that redefined such terms as “retro” and “’80s-oriented” melodic rock. What followed was a [...]
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