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Melodic Rock

by Justin Gaines – News Editor/Senior Columnist – How’s this for a recipe for success in 1989? Take an up-and-coming European melodic rock band, match them with a producer (Tony Platt) who had previously worked with AC/DC and Foreigner, sign them to a major label (Atlantic) contract, [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor / Senior Columnist – Originally released in 1988, Locked and Loaded was the debut album from New York hard rock/heavy metal band M-16. The band, which was active in the area’s scene for most of that decade, had a sound that recalls Dokken, Leatherwolf [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor / Senior Columnist – Originally released in 1994, Nevertheless was the debut album from melodic rock singer/songwriter Brett Walker. For this effort, Walker, who himself was a seasoned songwriter, having penned Alias’s top 10 hit “Waiting for Love,” [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – It is nearly impossible to claim that AOR legend Jimi Jamison has been one to neglect his fans and audience in any way: 2011 saw the release of two full-length studio collaborations, the highly acclaimed Kimball – Jamison duet album and the lesser [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Norwegian melodic rock princess Issa Oversveen returns with her third album in as many years. This time she’s hopping on the covers album bandwagon and while that bandwagon is as overdone as a kielbasa left on the grill for too long, Issa’s [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – It would be fair to say that by 2012 Avenue of Allies records have established themselves as a reliable source of first class melodic rock music; perhaps lacking somewhat in terms of frequency when compared to the leading label of the genres such as, [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – Those into melodic rock/AOR would probably agree that the past five years have been a very exiting and rewarding period in the life of any fan of the genre; and surprises never cease. Hailing from France, Chasing Violets are the new force in female [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – Those following the melodic rock scene closely would probably agree that Greek AOR group Wild Rose delivered one of the greatest underground releases the genre has enjoyed lately through their debut album Half Past Midnight. It’s been well over a [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor – Long running British melodic rockers Magnum are back with a new studio album, their 16th overall, titled On the 13th Day. The band has been active since the mid ‘70s, has released a steady run of albums since reuniting a decade ago, and was one of the [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor – The San Francisco Bay Area metal scene in the mid to late 1980s is obviously famous for its thrash metal bands, but there was also a smaller, but still dedicated, scene devoted to Hollywood-style “hair metal.” Rattleshake was one of the lesser known [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor – It’s been a long time coming, but melodic rockers Bonrud are finally back with the follow-up to their 2004 self-titled debut album. The new album is titled Save Tomorrow and beneath the vivid super-heroine cover by Adriana Melo (of Star Wars: Empire [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor – Swedish gothic metal band The Murder of My Sweet is back with a new album, their second full-length, which is titled Bye Bye Lullaby. In the two years since their 2010 debut Divanity was released, the band has gone through some changes, notably a new [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor – It’s been five years, but Canadian AOR mainstays Loverboy (yes, the Loverboy that worked for the weekend and briefly made red leather pants seem like a good idea) are back with a new studio album… sort of. For their latest offering, the first since [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor – It seems like every year enterprising labels manage to dig up previously unreleased material from lesser known ‘80s rock bands. More often than not, you can tell right away why no one had released it until now. The Eonian label has earned a reputation [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – The Stormspell label may be best known for their high quality collections of rare and previously unavailable thrash metal, but every once in a while they’ll come up with a real gem from the melodic hard rock era. They did it a few years back with [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – The style of the late 80s – when instrumental guitar rock was at the peak of its popularity – to this day curiously dictates its methods to legions high-tech guitar aspirants all over the world. Seattle born and raised Brian Hunsaker is one such hopeful [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – If you’re the kind of fan of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s melodic rock scene that still follows the bands all these years later, you’re no doubt aware of the fact that the original Tyketto lineup is back together and has a new album out. Tyketto’s [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Danish melodic/progressive metal band Royal Hunt celebrates their 20th anniversary this year, and what better way to do that than with an extensive, multi-disc “best of” collection that captures the highlights of the band’s career and best albums? [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – For a fan of contemporary melodic rock-AOR it is impossible not to have heard of Heat. The Swedish six piece that took the melodic world by storm in 2009 through their participation at the Eurovision song contest at which point their self-titled debut album [...]
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