Tag Archives: AOR

Album review: NITRATE – Real World

MelodicRock Records [Release date 20.07.18] Nitrate is a new band and the brainchild of Nick Hogg (guitars, keyboards) with his main songwriting partner being Midnite City’s Rob Wylde (lead, rhythm & bass guitars, vocals). The band is completed by vocalist Joss Mennen … Continue reading

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Gig review: VEGA – Camden Underworld, London, 7 July 2018

VEGA - Camden Underworld, London, 7 July 2018

Vega are certainly putting in the hard yards to capitalise on their excellent new album ‘Only Human’ with arguably the UK’s leading contemporary melodic rock band playing an extensive tour, culminating in this London date. While they have yet to … Continue reading

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Album review: THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA – Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough

Nuclear Blast [Release date 29.06.18] The Night Flight Orchestra return with their new album following hot on the heels of last year’s AOR-tastic ’Amber Galactic’. Any doubts that they maybe running low on catchy songs is soon dispelled by the immense … Continue reading

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Album review: JON BUTCHER AXIS – Stare At The Sun

JON BUTCHER AXIS - Stare At The Sun

Escape Music [Release date 25.05.18] The second Jon Butcher Axis album, originally released in 1984, gets a first time release on CD by Escape Music, following on from the self-titled album released earlier this year. Joining Jon Butcher on the album … Continue reading

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News: CARL PALMER’s ELP LEGACY – new album and radio interview (June 2018)

Carl Palmer - HRH Prog (November 2018)

In this exclusive interview edit, Carl Palmer chats about progressive rock music (2:00) Carl Palmer releases a CD/DVD on 29 June (via BMG) celebrating the lives of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake.  “Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Live” features a CD … Continue reading

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Gig review: BRYAN ADAMS – SSE Arena, Wembley, London, 30 May 2018

BRYAN ADAMS- SSE Arena, Wembley, London, 30 May 2018

When Bryan Adams released his ‘Ultimate’ album last year, I wondered wearily whether the world really needed yet another compilation to add to his catalogue, as there surely can be few potential fans left unaware of the best known elements … Continue reading

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Album review: DARE – Out Of The Silence II

DARE - Out Of The Silence II

Legend Records [Release date 29.06.18] Amazing to think the classic album ‘Out Of The Silence’ is thirty years old, and also frightening to think where did the time go?! Like fellow melodic rockers FM did on ‘Indiscreet’, Dare have decided … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) July 2018 – September 2018

Marillion - All One Tonight - Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Compiled by Jason Ritchie July 6th BARENAKED LADIES ‘Stunt 20th Anniversary Edition’ (CD/DVD) Parlophone DEVILDRIVER ‘Outlaws Till The End’ (country covers album) Napalm Records JUDY DYBLE ‘Earth Is Sleeping’ Acid Jazz Records A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS ‘Ascension’ IMMORTAL ‘Northern Cross’ … Continue reading

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Album review: PERFECT PLAN – All Rise

PERFECT PLAN - All Rise

Frontiers Records [Release Date 20.04.18] The melodic rock world capital of Scandinavia is giving birth to an endless stream of bands- alongside now established names like H.E.A.T. and Eclipse, hardly a month goes by without a promising new band emerging … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT – Heart & Soul

MelodicRock Records [Release date 30.05.18] Guitarist Dennis Heltorp and drummer Henrik Zetterlund formed the Senior Management in 2015. They recruited vocalist Göran Edman (Malmsteen/John Norum/Kharma/Street Talk et al) and bassist Magnus Rosen to complete the band, so far so AOR. … Continue reading

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Album review: PRAYING MANTIS – Gravity

PRAYING MANTIS - Gravity

Frontiers [Release date 11.05.18] Originally part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, albeit at the more melodic almost AOR end of the spectrum, Praying Mantis are still going strong. This new album is their 10th studio outing, 11 if you include … Continue reading

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Gig review: FOREIGNER – Manchester Apollo, 12 May 2018

FOREIGNER - Manchester Apollo, 12 May 2018

The bets were on.  Would Mick Jones appear at this first UK date of a massive 40th anniversary world tour?  The omens weren’t good as four songs in the band played one of the massive “hits” (and somewhat ridiculous without … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SHARKS, GIG, SANDERS & SAVAGE

SHARKS Ready Steady Go

SHARKS Ready Steady Go 3MS Music [Release date 29.06.18] Sharks can trace their origins back to 1972 when they were formed by former Free bass player Andy Fraser, guitarist Chris Spedding and vocalist Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons, both of who are in this … Continue reading

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Album review: NO HOT ASHES – s/t

NO HOT ASHES

Frontiers [Release date 23.03.18] They never made it back in the eighties, despite a big reputation in their native Northern Ireland, but No Hot Ashes have been festival favourites for the last few years and finally make it to an … Continue reading

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Quick plays: HEARTWIND, CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD

HEARTWIND Higher and Higher

HEARTWIND Higher and Higher AOR Heaven [Release date 25.04.18] Heartwind hail from Sweden and were formed by guitarist Goran Engvall (ex-Hitworks) and keyboard player Mikael Rosengren (Constancia, Token). They are joined by drummer Peter Svensson (Constancia, Faith), vocalist German Pascual … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (January 2018 – March 2018)

The Temperance Movement

    THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT A Deeper Cut(Earache) “In a world of abundance of everything, The Temperance Movement shine like a beacon and stand head and shoulders above the crowd for their sheer creative genius and their intense, high energy … Continue reading

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Album review: REVERTIGO

Frontiers [Release date 23.02.18] Revertigo is a Swedish duo comprising Mats Levén on vocals (Therion, Candlemass, Yngwie Malmsteen) and Anders Wikström (Treat) on guitar. Long-term friends and occasional collaborators Revertigo is the name of their new project together. The duo … Continue reading

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Album review: FOREIGNER – With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

FOREIGNER - With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

earMUSIC [Release date 27.04.18] 2-CD As rock gets old, anniversaries and special editions are the order of the day.  I can’t see the current crop of younger rock bands having this luxury 40, or even 25, years on.  But, for … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) April 2018 – June 2018

RITCHIE BLACKMORE

Compiled by Jason Ritchie April 2nd MARILLION ‘All One Tonight’ (DVD) 6th THE AMORETTES ‘Born To Break’ Steamhammer/SPV BLACK RAINBOWS ‘Pandaemonium’ BLACKBERRY SMOKE ‘Find A Light’ Earache Records CALIBAN ‘Ich Blute Für Dich’ Century Media CHICAGO ‘VI Decades Live’ (4CD/DVD) … Continue reading

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Album review: AMERICAN TEARS – Hard Core

AMERICAN TEARS - Hard Core

Escape Music [Release date 23.04.18] American Tears first surfaced in 1974 and were a power trio focussed around the keyboards of Mark Mangold,who is the sole remaining original member on this album, and indeed the only musician playing all the … Continue reading

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